Warren Town Council member Cathie Tattrie surprised a few people when she voted at Monday night’s Financial Town Meeting to cut the Warren Tax Assessor’s salary in half to help offset the large tax increase that was ultimately passed by voters.
Friday, she said she voted to cut the assessor because she believes the position does not need to be filled on more than a part-time basis.
She voted to cut, she wrote in an e-mail to the Times, “because I honestly believe that for the size of our town, the majority what needs to get done by that office is seasonal in nature, and could be done with less hours over the course of the year.”
Ms. Tattrie voted alongside her fellow councilors against proposed cuts to the town planner, town clerk and building inspector positions, though she said if Warren prevails on a school funding suit currently in court, she would move to have those salaries restored.
Warren Tax Assessor Cathy Maisano earns $47,070 per year.