Hanover budget process: Secrets among insiders?

Got this a few minutes ago:

 

@regularguy writes about Hanover’s budgeting process, saying that the borough manager wouldn’t tell council members how much administrative staff will get in raises for next year, and so council members — who have to approve the budget — are in the dark about numbers they should know. He says he’s open to hearing the other side of the story, but that’s the info he has right now.

He writes:

“If the raises really are so modest, why can’t council see them to determine whether this is really the right decision for the town? And don’t give me the “it’s embarrassing to have your salary publicly released” line. This is a request from a publicly-elected council member trying to make educated decisions on how much to raise taxes, not some public witch hunt from a nosy citizen trying to stir up trouble. I don’t care if I see the numbers. I do care that people elected by folks like me can’t see them until the person setting those figures thinks it’s appropriate.”

What do you think? Shouldn’t the numbers be available not only to council members, but to residents — who elected the council members — so they can weigh in with their council as to what they think about the raises?

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