MAYVILLE - Problems common to small rural New York communities were reflected in a wide-ranging discussion among village board members during a special budget meeting April 16.
The meeting resulted when the two new board members asked for more time to study the budget proposal during the board's regular monthly meeting a week before.
The 2012-13 budget was unanimously okayed, but not before a lively back and forth that lasted an hour and a half.
Tye Flurie, one of the new members, expressed concerns about "the raises handed out here" Flurie maintained that the various pay increases for the new fiscal year may not be enough in some cases to prevent valuable employees from going elsewhere.
Mayor Martin Bova noted that the village "doesn't have the tax base" to match the pay offered by larger communities. He mentioned the Town of Chautauqua as an example.
Board member Tim Jacobson said the village's pay scale "has improved in the last (few) years"
A formal individual review system doesn't presently exist for employee pay evaluation, Mayor Bova told the board.
Also discussed ware safety training for Department of Public Works employees.