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NCCC budget passes Essex County Ways and Means

The Essex County Board of Supervisors

The Essex County Board of Supervisors Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The proposed 2012-13 budget for North Country Community College was passed, 16-1 (one absent - David Blades of Lewis), by the members of the Essex County Ways and Means Committee July 30.

The only supervisor to vote against the proposed spending plan, which calls for an increase in expenditures to $13,630,00 with Franklin and Essex counties contributing $1,190,000 to the school, was Edward Hatch of Willsboro.

Hatch said he felt that local colleges, like high schools, should be looking at merging their services into a more regional base.

“I think that all of these places should be looking into that,” Hatch said.

The county share for 2012-13 was the same amount they were asked to put into the 2011-12 budget.

Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley asked why the county was being asked to vote on the NCCC budget months before they started their budget discussions.

“That is the way that the law is written that we have to approve this before our budget process is started,” County Manager Daniel Palmer said.

PILOT moved on

The committee also moved to the full board a pair of resolution centered around the Adirondack Meat Company in Ticonderoga.

The first was to approve the Essex County Industrial Development Agency’s request to enter into a 10-year PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) agreement with the company, which would help them by rescinding mortgage and some property taxes over the next decade. The other was a request for the North Country Regional Economic Development Council to submit a priority project nomination application to the state.

North Elba Supervisor and Ways and Means Chairman Roby Politi backed the latter, but voted against the PILOT program agreement.

“Taxpayers should not have to fund private investments,” Politi said. “People go into business to take risks, and I do not believe that the county or our taxpayers should be in the business of funding those risks.”

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