In a sane world, the prospect of extra budget cuts in a community already at the financial brink would excite much soul-searching.
Few administrators would willingly shoulder the responsibility for making the cuts. Anyone charged with that responsibility would be facing some very hard decisions.
New London anticipates a referendum vote that may call for further cuts in the city's budget. These may cripple the city even beyond its present state of austerity.
It would seem, on the strength of a July 27 article, "NL mayor prepares for 'extreme' cuts," that Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio is responding appropriately in a difficult situation.
He has thought through various consolidations and service cuts. He has asked city department heads to present budget revisions reflecting a 2.5 percent decrease from the present proposed budget. He plans to schedule public meetings to lay out what a decrease might mean to the city.
Meanwhile, according to the same article, City Council President Michael Passero maintains that (1) responsibility for budget cuts is none of the mayor's business, but rather the council's; and (2) he is "not yet worried" about what the council may decide to cut.