As a former Bath city councilor, I challenge the councilors and selectmen of Maine’s towns and cities to make public, indeed proactively publicize, their public works overtime savings and the dollar figure of salt and sand reserves, resulting from the very light winter of 2015-2016. I would then request that they use those savings to actually reduce next year’s annual municipal budget by the appropriate amount. Simply letting those savings quietly lapse into this year’s general funds or fund balances, or worse, spending the money elsewhere by June 30, is not in the best interest of those of us who pay ever-increasing real estate taxes.

John W. James IV