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UPDATE: City plans vote on disapproving housing authority salaries

The City Council plans to vote tonight on resolutions disapproving of the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority director's salary and those of certain other staffers.

Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan will call for a vote on two resolutions, one for the authority's 2012-13 fiscal year and another for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

A copy of one of the resolutions and salary information is available below.

The authority is set to vote Thursday on its preliminary budget for 2013-14, and Madigan said she wanted to pass the resolutions before that vote is taken. The City Council does not have the authority to change or shoot down the authority's budget, but it can symbolically approve or disapprove of the salaries.

Mostly, the council wants to send a message that Director Edward Spychalski's salary is too high, Madigan said, and plans to disapprove of his salary for both years. It will disapprove of every authority salary in the current fiscal year because Madigan said the authority did not provide comparable salaries for any of the employees.

For 2013-14, Madigan said since most authority employees became unionized, their salaries can be easily compared, but she proposes the City Council disapprove of the account clerk/typist's salary because the authority did not provide comparable salary information for that nonunion position.

The City Council meeting starts at 7 p.m. in City Hall.

UPDATE: Both resolutions were approved. The only opposing vote was Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen. Mayor Scott Johnson approved the resolution, he said, because the housing authority failed to provide adequate information supporting the salaries.

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SSHA Resolution

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