This letter provides additional background regarding the replacement of the so-called “double dipping” ordinance by the Town Council this month. The replacement was necessary because of two major issues which did not surface until after its adoption. First, we believe the ordinance was put forward with the underlying intent of targeting certain former Town employees, to prevent them from serving the incoming administration. Second, the ordinance went beyond what was necessary to address the issue, and would have negatively impacted more people and positions than warranted.
In hindsight, we should have questioned more critically the timing of the ordinance. The prior administration had eight years to address the perceived problem, yet waited until the last council before the November election to propose the prior ordinance. This alone should have raised a red flag; however, we mistakenly accepted the ordinance at face value.