Council members that voted on our amended budget (spending cuts made to budget)--- was a 7-2 vote and the two city council members that voted "NO" to the savings were:
Then listen to to how the entire city council voted on the amended budget, click here. Remember, each one of them knew that by voting against the amended budget, the original budget the Mayor proposed would stay as is, before any cuts were made (amended budget).
How City Council Members voted on the Amended Budget:
Donna Travis- NO
In Mayor Avedisian's back pocket... the fix has always been in:
As I have observed and learned more about the city of Warwick's operations, it has become quite clear to me that those who do truly cast their honorable vote (1-3 council members), will always be outnumbered by those who serve public office solely to perpetuate a false and deceiving agenda led by Mayor Scott Avedisian.
These individuals, in my opinion, are working only in the best interests of the Mayor, and not the people.
The "Fix" List:
We can only hope that the individuals who end up filling the seats of council members Vella-Wilkinson, Chadronet, and Usler will be casting votes that have the taxpayer's best interests front and center, first and foremost, always.
Additionally, Mayor Scott Avedisian negotiated union contracts last year. Our City Council voted on those contracts, without having been presented the contracts and their contents prior to their vote. This never should have happened. It defeated the entire purpose of having a City Council to begin with. It was yet another deceptive and malicious maneuver by Mayor Scott Avedisian to pass through more unscrupulous and dishonorable self promoting deals. In the end, it's always the taxpayers getting beat down as their pockets get picked for more and more.
The (majority) of the City Council members, along with the Mayor, have continuously re-appointed heads of the Warwick Sewer Authority that do nothing but continue to financially mismanage the entire Sewer Authority operation and in return, extort SA rate payers for more and more.
Our budget is not a fixed one. Mayor Scott Avedisian has, and continues to, move money around in our budget as he deems necessary.
The city of Warwick is in major financial dire straits.
Opening Mayor Scott Avedisian's cooked books to the feds has revealed the City of Warwick is $300 million dollars in the red. Members of the City Retirement Board are intentionally misleading our active city workers and retirees into believing their pensions and healthcare liabilities are secure and stable when they are anything but. The City of Warwick Municipal Retirement Plan is anything but well managed. In my opinion, it is intentionally manipulative, deceiving and quite frankly, corrupt.
Mayor Scott Avedisian has cooked the City books for years and has negotiated reckless union contracts that extort Warwick taxpayers for egregious amounts of money.
I believe the City of Warwick needs to be federally investigated as was the case in San Diego, CA. The United States Securities and Exchange Commission needs to pay a visit to the City of Warwick, it's long overdue.
The last thing our Rhode Island General Assembly needs is any Clinton loving legislator that panders to voters while campaigning under political false pretenses..
A Brooklyn New York native, Councilwoman Camille Vella-Wilkinson is a so-called staunch supporter of Second Amendment Rights, yet she's a Clinton lover. Go figure.
“I think we have to try everything that works to try to limit the numbers of people and kinds of people who are given access to firearms." ~ Hillary Clinton
“So I’m going to speak out. I’m going to do everything I can to rally people against this pernicious, corrupting influence of the NRA, and we’re going to do whatever we can. I’m proud when my husband took them on and we were able to ban assault weapons but he had to put a sunset on it so, 10 years later, of course, Bush wouldn’t agree to reinstate them. We’ve got to go after this. Here again, the Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment and I am going to make that case every chance I get.” ~ Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton's remarks on the VA scandal: “it’s not been as widespread as it has been made out to be."
Concerned Veterans For America's response to Hillary Clinton's comments about the VA scandal: "Hillary Clinton has shown that just like the Obama Administration, of which she was a part, she will minimize the deep-rooted problems within the Department of Veterans Affairs and engage in partisan attacks against those who propose real and fundamental reform."
The City Council recorded USTREAM VIDEOS of the Budget Hearings are here, however city MIS ran into "connectivity issues" during the Fire department budget session. The full audio of the FD budget session is in the audio recoding above.
The spectacular charts below were made up just for you at the kitchen tables of well educated, honest and informed Warwick taxpayers. The Warwick Municipal side of business is repeatedly raking in millions of dollars every year from the Warwick taxpayers in order to keep up with the unsustainable, union contract deals that are bankrupting Warwick.
For example, the costs of funding our city's public safety was just over $33 million back in 2004 and today it's up to just over $43 million.
Municipal employee benefits (active and retired) salaries, pensions and healthcare costs, were just over $33 million back in 2004, today they are approaching almost $60 million annually.
Funding to our city's social services programs has decreased by almost $1 million.
Every time the Mayor and the Warwick City Council approves our ever increasing tax rates, the city takes more and more, as they tax us more and more. New city tax dollars taken in on the municipal side of business has increased by almost $25 million in 10 years, while the Warwick school system has been level funded.
Those that carry the greatest tax burden will start receiving flyers at their doors, repeatedly, so that they are well educated and enlightened as to what is going on in our city.
As you can see, the majority of all new city tax dollars are increasingly going to the Municipal side of business.
At the city budget public hearing today, there were several questions asked about employee salary increases. In addition to the negotiated contracted annual wage increase, a municipal city employee also accrues annual salary Step Increases (formally termed Longevity). The salary step Increases/longevity depend on the job classification pay grade and also the "qualifying years of service".
Please see the Municipal Union city contract here:
THE CITY OF WARWICK, RHODE ISLAND AND
R.I. COUNCIL 94, AFSCME, AFL-CIO LOCAL 1651
JULY 1, 2015 – JUNE 30, 2018
(City Municipal Employees contract)
You can see below how the annual salaries increase when going from 6-18 months of service, to over 18 months of service, to 4-7 years of service, etc, etc...
Again, this is in addition to an annual 3% salary increase.
Mayor: $100,000 (no change)
Director Of Administration: $101,331(new)
Director of Elections: $53,000
Director of Finance: $118,249
City Treasurer/Deputy Finance Director: $53,379
Tax Collector: $53,379
Senior Appraiser: $129,313
Police Colonel: $121,258
Police Deputy Chief: $113,563
Police Major (2) : $210,316
to $223,122 ($111,561 ea.)
Fire Chief: $122,691
Fire Lineman: $80,598
Warwick Public Library Director: $94,945
Librarian IV- Deputy Director: $83,497
Human Services Resource Specialist: $31,886
Deputy Director of City Planning: $86,414
Director of Tourism: $90,906
Director of Public Works: $116,311
DPW Highway Chief: $94,007
DPW Senior Equipment Operator: $58,735
Chief Automotive DPW- $84,434
Supervisor Building Maintenance DPW: $80,479
City Engineer, DPW: $90,000
Chief of Water: $98,856 (no change)
Executive Director Warwick Sewer Authority: $86,459
Administrative Technical Asst., WSA: $45,316
The Warwick Sewer Authority also added 5 new positions for this upcoming fiscal year along with an additional $20,000 in OT.
Warwick Dept. of Public Works Director & "Acting Chief of Staff" David Picozzi's Cushiony Salary Increases.
Former Department of Public Works "Highway Chief" David Picozzi became Director of the Warwick Public Works Department last year earning an annual salary of $116,311. He had already held the title of highest paid Highway Chief in the state of RI which then transitioned over to the highest paid DPW Director in the state.
Last year, Mayor Avedisian decided to remove then City Chief of Staff, Mr. William DePasquale from his position and replace him with David Picozzi, who took on a dual-role of "Acting Chief of Staff" and Director of the Warwick DPW. This also had David Picozzi working both "Classified-Exempt" and "Unclassified- Exempt" positions simultaneously. The city ordinance legality of that entire situation needs to be looked into further.
As I begin perusing through the new City Personnel Supplement for FY17, I immediately notice on page 1 under the Executive Department that the Chief of Staff job code salary is budgeted at $18,787. Another new job code has also been added, code 339 for a Director of Administration position with a starting annual salary of $101,331.
If David Picozzi will continue taking on the "Acting Chief of Staff" role, then that $18,787 will be going to him, along with an additional increase to his Director of DPW salary which has increased this year to an annual salary of $123,394. David Picozzi's total annual salaries will possibly total $142,181.
The only other Warwick city employee that would exceed David Picozzi's total annual salaries if he is going to hold both city positions, is the City Appraiser position at a current annual salary of $159,399 (possibly increasing to $169,113).
What educational qualifications does David Picozzi have to potentially be making this astronomical annual salary and what qualifies him to be working as "Acting Chief of Staff'?
Is it also within the legal realm of our city's ordinance policies that a city employee be hovering between two job classification types and earning a salary for both?
*Correction, 5/21: The classification job codes are both "Unclassified Exempt" positions. The salaries remain the same, and David Picozzi will potentially be earning (when the budget is approved and adopted) a total annual salary of $142,181.