Supers wrangle with new tax cap

— “Everything needs to be reviewed,” Montgomery Corey said.

The Minerva supervisor said she thought the idea of managing costs was a good one, but living with a cap without mandate relief is “going to be tough.”

Ticonderoga Supervisor Debra Malaney said cuts were inevitable in her town because of the tax cap. She’s asked all departments to find at least 10 percent cuts in their budgets.

“Everything is on the table,” Malaney said.

Still, the Ticonderoga supervisor said she supported the cap, seeing it from the perspective of both a homeowner and a municipal leader.

“People need relief from taxes,” Malaney said. “We need to be able to afford to live here.”

The Ticonderoga supervisor said she wanted to know what a town was supposed to do in the unforseen event infrastructure is broken, and fixing it would put the budget over the cap.

Town of Plattsburgh Supervisor Bernie Bassett said he was optimistic cuts would not be required from his budget as a result of the cap.

“We’re a lean, mean machine,” the Plattsburgh supervisor said. “We operate very frugally.”

Still, he wasn’t certain Plattsburgh would escape cuts due to the town’s lack of a general tax, and because some of the details of the cap remain unclear.

Bassett had mixed feelings about the cap, saying it represented a “broad-brush” approach.

“The tax cap is there for good purposes,” the Plattsburgh supervisor said. “The motive, the incentive, has merit. The question is ‘Can we do it?’”

While Bassett believes Plattsburgh can, he isn’t so confident about other towns.

Peru Supervisor Peter Glushko said he didn’t think the 2 percent cap was going to represent a hardship for his town.

“We are in no way anticipating that we’re going to exceed that,” Glushko said, adding that taxes have been decreasing or staying level in his town for the past two years.

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