Editor:

During the March 21 meeting of the Oneida City Council concerning restructuring the Water and Sewer Department, the issue of savings realized by the change became an important issue for discussion. As proposed, the city would assume all operations as a city department and result in a significant dollar savings in the overall operation. The managerís salary was reported to be about $78,000 per year. Under the new proposal the mayor would be receiving $25,000 and the recorder receiving $12,500 for additional duties for conducting business, a savings in administrative costs amounting to about 50 percent.

In researching the numbers, the managerís salary was found to be $58,905.60 per year. This reflects an overstatement of almost $20,000, thus reducing the anticipated savings significantly.

W.O. West, James Smith, Terry Roark and Jimmy Litton