Many of us in Scarborough are not happy about the six new municipal positions which were slipped into the second reading of the budget. These positions appeared neither in the proposed budget nor the first reading. The way this was orchestrated – waiting until the last day to put these positions out in front of citizens – was deceptive and underhanded, and disrespects the will and right of Scarborough taxpayers to have a say in how tax dollars are spent.
The true character of some of our town managers and councilors shows through clearly and they should be ashamed. There are a multitude of financial reasons this is a foolish spending decision. The way in which this decision was made, however, is completely disheartening, and sadly illustrates why Scarborough citizens and many Americans at large have lost faith in our political process.