Letter: Investing in town services
Many residents may not realize that the state has introduced more and more mandates for towns. These mandates often involve ongoing training as well as more responsibilities for many town departments such as police, fire, water, highway, wastewater, etc. Naturally, employees expect to be compensated for their continuing education.
Our town’s employees perform their jobs in a professional manner and put the safety of residents first and foremost. Yes, the town could put a limit on our compensation, but at what price to its residents? Most employees live in this town, know the town’s people by name, and have a great sense of pride and loyalty in the jobs they perform.
If people believe the town is overpaying its people, maybe they should ask themselves: “What if it were my home that was on fire, or my child was lost or abducted, or it was my house affected by a water main break that left me without water?” What price would you put on the training and quality of our services then?
It serves the town well to keep investing in its employees who have shown loyalty to the town with their many years of experience.
One man’s opinion.
Resident and Town of Orange employee