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Mr. David Worhatch, in his Jan. 13 letter, agrees with Council's decision to increase road funding by $550,000. In all fairness, Council recommended increased road funding prior to Mr. Worhatch's comments at the Nov. 14 meeting. Further, Council has consistently viewed roads as a high priority and, as they did during the summer of 2012, looks for opportunities to increase road funding, not only during the budgeting process, but during midyear city finance reviews.
He also compares today's staffing and services with pre-merger 20 years ago. Council is focused on providing the quality services citizens expect today in a fiscally responsible manner. Since 2006, Council has maintained quality services with a 10 percent reduction in personnel and will continue to look for efficiencies that could provide further savings.
Finally, the salary comparisons regarding HCTV Station Manager Kerry Paluscsak are not accurate. He claims that we are paying our station manager 46 percent more than a neighboring station (Cable 9), which is simply not true. Based on salary and benefits, the Cable 9 Manager's total cost is $109,724.61 compared to HCTV's station manager at $116,461.93, or approximately 6 percent more. In comparison, it should also be pointed out that Cable 9 has 5 full-time employees, while Mr. Paluscsak is the only full-time employee of HCTV. Finally, although Cable 9 serves a larger population, HCTV offers three channels with locally produced programming 24/7, while Cable 9 has one channel serving seven communities.
Mr. Paluscsak is a valued employee who not only manages HCTV, but also lends his technical expertise to other city departments and the Hudson City Schools through its partnership with HCTV. The Cable Advisory Board asked me to "express their support and thanks for all that he has done to make Hudson a better place to live."
Anthony J. Bales,