Wolcott voters have said “No thanks” to the idea of hiring a town administrator later this fall.
On Aug. 14 voters shot down plans by the select board to hire a town administrator by November, voting 40-38 by paper ballot against using $20,000 from a special reserve fund to cover part of the cost of bringing on an administrator.
The special meeting last Wednesday had just the one item on the agenda, but it sparked a lengthy discussion.
If it had been approved the board was planning to use the $20,000 and an additional $27,000 taken from surplus funds available after the fiscal year ended June 30 to cover the cost of roughly eight months of work for Wolcott’s first town administrator. The position would have been budgeted fully in the next town budget presented to voters for approval in March.
Now, with nearly half the money needed to fund the position unavailable, the select board isn’t sure what the next step is.
“I am thankful for a good turnout and after some spirited conversation we ended up with a really close vote,” Select Board Chair Eric Furs said via email on Tuesday. “It shows the taxpayers care.”
Furs wouldn’t comment further on what’s next for the board, but he did expect the town administrator position, and the lack of funding, to come up at the board’s regular meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 21, after the News & Citizen went to press.