Editorial: Havelock board has some tough decisions to make

Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 05:14 PM.

On a much smaller scale, the Havelock board is attempting not to expand its reach into the pockets of residents, and we applaud their efforts. The difficulty rests in how to do that.

During Monday’s meeting, city officials discussed cutting the number of city workers to save money. They also discussed furloughs for all city employees. We don’t think the furloughs would be as extreme as those proposed on the federal level, but no doubt they would have an impact on the city’s 125 or so workers.

The board doesn’t want to cut positions or result to work furloughs. On Monday night, they made some cuts and then put the budget back in the hands of City Manager Jim Freeman and his staff to find other cuts to expenses in an attempt to avoid the tax increase.

Sanders and the board are simply doing what they were elected to do — to serve the interests of the residents of Havelock.

In that sense, Dirksen, a one-time city council member who went on to represent Illinois in the House and Senate, would be proud.

"Here as elsewhere," he said on Feb. 5, 1954, "any answer to the problem of generating the best kind of local government begins with a deep sense of pride in the community and with a sharpening of that proprietary feeling that the community does belong to the citizens."

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