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Essex County votes for tax cap override

Loss of funding, Medicaid share behind decision

— “I am a realist, and after working on this budget for four months, it would be impossible to come in under the cap,” Moriah Supervisor and budget liaison Thomas “Tom” Scozzafava said. “In this budget right now, we don’t even have money to patch potholes.”

“The state decided that a property tax cap was appropriate,” County Manager Daniel Palmer said. “The problem is that they applied it across the board and you have to look at all of it, including tax rate and assessments. You can’t just look at one part.”

Along with the cap override, the board also unanimously seconded a resolution asking the state to pass a bill implementing a multi-year state takeover of the local share of Medicaid.

“If there is one way that everyone here can support us, it is to go to your state representatives and tell them that we need the state to take over the local share of Medicaid,” Douglas said.

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