Warren Co. supervisors reject sales tax hike

"It's painful, it's horrible, but we have to look at all positions and programs immediately," he said.

Voting against the sales tax enabling legislation were Queensbury supervisors Dan Stec, David Strainer, Fred Champagne, William VanNess, Matthew Sokol and Glens Falls supervisors Harold "Bud" Taylor, Michael O'Connor, and William Kenny, and Warrensburg Supervisor Kevin Geraghty, who is also county budget officer.

Voting in favor of the measure were Thurman Supervisor Red Pitkin, Stony Creek Supervisor Frank Thomas, Lake Luzerne Supervisor Gene Merlino, Lake George Supervisor Lou Tessier, Horicon Supervisor Ralph Bentley, Hague Supervisor Dan Belden, Glens Falls Supervisor Dan Girard, as well as Goodspeed and Monroe, who serves as Chestertown Supervisor.

The weighted vote, which takes into account the population represented, was 296 to 610 against the enabling legislation.

Bolton resident George Weinschenk said the supervisors made the right decision to reject the measure.

"If they pushed the sales tax through, there would be no pressure to make budget cuts," he said.

But Monroe said that 79 percent of the county budget was mandated by the state and federal governments.

Weinschenk suggested closing down non-mandated county programs and facilities like UpYonda educational farm, the county fish hatchery, and shuttering the Countryside Adult Home and Westmount nursing home, as well as eliminating contributions toward the local Cooperative Extension agency.

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