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Board of Supervisors assert CSEA agreement

On his own, he said he would like to further research the county's use of Department of Social Services, the Department of Public Health and various other countywide programs so he can better understand the county's needs and a way to "lessen the burden on taxpayers."

"We need to be sure that they [county employees] are doing the job they are prescribed to do," DiVeronica said. "We need to do more with less, not less with more."

Although voting "yes" on the CSEA White Collar Unit agreement was tough, he said that he had to think about the services those employees in question, provide to the taxpayers.

{Q}"This might be the last time I can vote 'yes' on this," DiVeronica said. "We need to make sure everyone is taken care of because the people are the valuable product."{Q}

For now, he said there appears to be a need for the raises at this time to keep the county employees working and serving the county's taxpayers as a whole.

Even though DiVeronica said he would like to see further negotiations on this issue, there are many people to address and legal issues that would come about.

"Right now, this is the best we're going to get," DiVeronica said.

Also showing disagreement, but voting "no" on the resolution, was town of Lebanon Supervisor Jim Goldstein, who said that he would have liked to see the budget negotiated to a lower amount.

Board of Supervisors Chairman John Becker said that the agreement, for now, is something the county "will have to accept." Becker said the county's hurting and the agreement is something that would generally be good for county employees in the current economy.

"That's the way it's going be," Becker said.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, White Collar Unit President Russell Stewart signed in at the door to speak, although according to Becker he didn't have to allow Stewart to speak according to board rules.

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