Moriah may cut services to residents

Tax cap forces tough choices

— “What should be cut?” the supervisor asked.

“And what about our highway department,” he said. “We have 50 miles of rural highways, some dirt with significant hills. The weather is unpredictable. How do we budget for highway? Already we don’t take care of the roads the way we should.”

The new state tax cap law allows a municipality to exceed the 2 percent increase if four of five town board members approve. Scozzafava plans on preparing two budgets for 2012 — one with a 2 percent or less tax increase and one exceeding the cap. He’ll then leave it up to the town board to pass one of the budget versions.

“This will be my 23rd budget and will by far be my most difficult,” he said.

While the job is difficult, Scozzafava stresses he supports efforts to reduce taxes and balance budgets. He credits Gov. Andrew Cuomo with pushing the tax cap law through the state legislature.

“The governor is doing a great job,” the Republican Scozzafava said of Democrat Cuomo. “He’s trying to dig us out of a hole that took us 30 years to get into.”

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