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Rouses Point's July 4th will make do with less

The Rouses Point board plans to cut $7,000 from their contribution to the Fourth of July fund to keep the tax levy flat for village.

The Rouses Point board plans to cut $7,000 from their contribution to the Fourth of July fund to keep the tax levy flat for village. Photo by John Grybos.

— “It's time for us to say, 'we're not going to pay this anymore,'” said Penfield.

William Maskell, a candidate for trustee who was in the audience for the hearing, suggested that the village board take a pay cut as a show of good faith.

“I'd take less money,” said trustee Brian Jefferson.

“It would go a long way toward showing the public you're at least making an effort,” said Maskell.

Mayor George Rivers, rapidly nearing the end of his time in that office, said his salary should be cut drastically now that he's leaving. When the village lost its administrator, Rivers said he took up those duties. Unless they're going to have a new mayor that's in the office daily like he was, they'll be paid too much.

The village board agreed, and the next mayor's salary will drop from $11,811 to $5,880, only $1,000 higher than the trustees' new salaries.

There was some talk about renewing the village administrator's position, but it will be left to the new board next month.

Jefferson said that he still isn't happy with the large amount of money being drawn from the reserve fund, about $170,000. The village board is spending more than they're authorized to, he said.

“We're not done cutting,” he said.

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