School dept. tail still wagging the dog

To the editor:

It's refreshing to have a Pittsfield mayor who is not afraid of the school department. I am happy to see Mayor Tyer asking for a reduction in the school department budget.

I have been in business most of my life and have been concerned that the tail has been wagging the dog for many years. It has always been unpopular to disagree with the school budget as you would risk being considered anti-education. I know that this is not the case with the current mayor. Rather, I suspect that she is genuinely concerned with the taxpayers.

It bothers me that even though the Pittsfield school population has dropped over the years, the budget has increased dramatically. When I was first elected to the Pittsfield City Council 10 years ago, the budget was around $43 million. Now, 10 years later, we are talking about a budget of more than $60 million.

How can that be the case when the city is losing students? The department has also increased its staff during these years. Someone please show me the logic.

Louis A. Costi, Pittsfield The writer is a former Ward 2 city councilor in Pittsfield.