Town chief is telling tales

To the Adirondack Journal:

In the early 1800s the brothers Jacob and William brought together a collection of writings known as “Grimm’s Fairy Tales.” Perhaps the best known are “Hansel and Gretel” and “Cinderella.” If still alive the brothers Grimm could have added to their collection some of the fairy tales being told by Lake George Town Supervisor. Since brothers Grimm are seriously dead, Town residents must come alive right now to observe what is happening in our great Adirondack community.

Supervisor Frank McCoy said he was “saving the taxpayers $211,000 or $70,000 per year on the Gaslight project.“ This is misleading. It sounds like a reduction in expenses. It is not. This amount represents the sale of an asset — at a loss — of the Town’s stake in Gaslight.

Mr. McCoy claims that taxes went down slightly in 2010. They did not. Town residents pay both town and county taxes. The total of these went up significantly last year. A financial maneuver by Mr. McCoy, that brought sales tax collections which normally stay at the county level back to the town, caused the 2010 Town Tax to decrease slightly from 2009.

The Supervisor says, “We have reduced our work force by four people already….” (Two retired, one died, and one quit.) I don’t think Mr. McCoy can take credit for these reductions in force. Offsetting this is the funding additional hours for a staff member to help with payroll and human services responsibilities and the hiring of a consultant at $150 an hour to help the Comptroller with month-end tasks.

We need to elect Dennis Dickinson Town Supervisor and Dan Hurley and Marisa Muratori Town Councilpersons. Registered Republicans need to vote for Dennis and Marisa in the Sept. 13 Republican Primary.

Current Lake George Town governance is no Cinderella story. Frankly, it’s rather Grim.

Dave Redpath, Lake George Citizens Group

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