MONTPELIER — John Odum says that if voters pick him Tuesday to be the new city clerk he will cut 3 percent from the office’s budget.
In a news release Friday, he said the cuts are a response to the demands by a local austerity group called Vibrant and Affordable Montpelier.
Last fall, the group called for the following year’s budget to be cut 3 percent.
The group didn’t achieve that goal, but the battle to “bend the curve” down on the city’s spending continues and Odum has joined the effort.
Next year’s proposed city clerk’s office budget is $187,252. Reducing it by 3 percent would mean eliminating $5,617 in spending, or 0.05 percent of the city’s budget of more than $11 million.
Odum said the savings can be made by leveraging his technology skills.