Another approval not mandated

With Chautauqua County facing a $7 million deficit for 2015, lawmakers on Wednesday continued a pattern of spending beyond its means.

By a 16-3 vote, lawmakers approved a new contract for the Sheriff’s Supervisors Association. The deal includes no wage increases for 2012, but minimal increases for 2013, 2014 and 2015, according to WDOE radio.

All residents can appreciate what the Sheriff’s Department does, but a new contract that includes pay hikes will not be overlooked by other larger bargaining units who are at the table in negotiations as well.

Once one group gets an increase, others often follow. Then, taxpayers can listen to a familiar refrain from those legislators who voted yes: it’s not our fault, it is because of the state mandates.

Here we go again.