continued The biggest sticking point to the budget discussions was the elimination of 10 positions that would call for layoffs out of 20.6 total job cuts.
“I do not believe that we are in a dire situation that we should have to put people out on the street,” Elizabethtown Supervisor Noel Merrihew said. “We have a tax rate here that we can be proud of, no matter what people say.”
“I cannot support any increases when we are laying off employees and restoring funds to contract agencies,” Scozzafava said about the reinstatement of all contract agency funding with a 10 percent decrease (the library system only received a five-percent decrease).
Some supervisors tried several different approaches to get the jobs put back into the budget, with each measure being defeated by a full board vote.
“No matter what we do, we are going to be wrong in someone’s eyes,” Westport Supervisor Daniel Connell said. “But we have to do something, one way or another.”
Some supervisors were upset with the repeated attempts to get the jobs placed back in the budget.
“We have beat this to death,” Willsboro Supervisor Edward “Ed” Hatch. “We have decided how much will be cut an we should stay with that.”