Moriah Supervisor and budget liaison Tom Scozzafava and Essex County Manager Daniel Palmer, who announced that he along with his wife, Deborah, would be retiring from county service Jan. 1.
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continued Palmer said he believes the use of fund balance and protecting the reserve was, “a major issue.”
“The single most critical issue facing this county is how to deal with the fund balance,” Palmer said.
Last month Palmer outlined a three-year budget plan that called for a 26-percent increase in 2013 and a 15-percent increase in 2014 in order to balance the county’s fiscal books. It was a hot-button issue at the Nov. 26 public hearing on the spending plan, which led to the changes made during the Nov. 29 budget meeting.
“You can’t meet the plan with these changes,” Palmer said.
Palmer started his service in county government as Minerva supervisor in 1994. He then served as the personnel director starting in 2002 until he was appointed as manager in 2008. His wife has 38 years in public service.
Douglas said the board will not make any “rush,” decisions on replacing either Palmer, having talked with their deputies to ensure a seemless transition.
“I spoke with Mike Mascarenas and Judy Garrison to make sure that they were ready to assist us as we move forward,” Douglas said. “I think that those are the first actions.”