Trustees vote to end village contribution for civic groups, chamber

Trustee Allie Pelletieri has supported the board's effort to end double-taxation. But he also said that when the village ends the practice, it must do it across-the-board.

Pelletieri opposed ending funding for some groups while merely decreasing it elsewhere, noting that the cuts should not be discretionary.

Branch says it's time for civic groups and other organizations to begin a dialogue with town officials about future funding.

"And now I hope that these organizations will start going after Mr. [Roby] Politi, Mrs. [Joyce] Morency, and Mr. [Larry] Miller and says it's time they start paying their fair share and it's time they pony up and do the right thing," he said. "I sat in this Government Restructuring Committee for two-and-a-half years and if there's one thing we found, it's that there's a gross discrepancy between what the residents of this village give and what the people in the towns give."

According to Branch, village residents in North Elba pay about $100,000 to the town and get no service in return.

"It's time they do the right thing - and we all know it's the right thing," he said. "It's a no-brainer."

Trustee Pelletieri said the board needs to send copies of the resolution to the three towns. He also called for a meeting with town officials to discuss the issue of double-taxation.

The village budget for 2011-2012 carries an increase to the tax levy of about 2 percent.

The tax rate for Harrietstown decrease by some 7 percent, while village taxpayers in the towns of St. Armand and North Elba will see their tax rates go up by about 7 percent.

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