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Essex County supervisors pass North Country Community College budget

Fliers to replace line item

The board also approved changing the way taxpayers receive information on how much of their money is being spent on unfunded state mandates.

Last year, supervisors were flooded with calls from residents who thought their taxes had spiked after creating a line item on tax bills showing how much of the tax levy was being used to support mandates.

Since then, the county has dropped that approach and will now send out separate fliers with tax bills to explain how the levy breaks down.

“We really seemed to confuse people last year,” Connell said. “We tried something last year and it did not work. I believe that this will be more clear for our taxpayers.”

Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley asked if the supervisors would be able to see the fliers before they were sent out.

“We can do that,” County Manager Daniel Palmer said. “However, you had seen the bills before they went out last year and you seemed pretty confident about them.”

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