continued “This represents our share of the three-way deal between us, the State Police and NYSEG,” Palmer said. “This money will be used to purchase our share of the equipment and have it ready for the project build.”
Palmer said that once ready, it will take about two building seasons for the system to be completed based on the number of sites and work needed to be done.
“This is a 19-site project, so it is pretty big,” Palmer said.
Palmer said that so far, the county has received a pair of grants that will help pay for the project, which supervisors capped at $10 million. The first was for about $580,000 and the second was recently awarded for $2 million.
“The state is also releasing another $45 million grant for public radio stations and we will again be applying for that to see if we can get more funding in grants,” Palmer said.
Palmer reported that NYSP has invested around $2 million into the system, while NYSEG has added about $600,000.
Renewal for sales tax increase
The Essex County Board of Supervisors will again call upon the state legislature to up their sales tax by one-quarter of a percent.
During the Feb. 6 regular board meeting, supervisors passed a pair of resolutions that cleared the way for state action on the county’s request to up the sales tax percentage from 3.75 percent to a full 4 percent, making it the same percentage as the states take.
“Ultimately, we are only asking that we be able to do what our neighboring counties had done,” Board Chairman and Jay Supervisor Randall “Randy” Douglas said.
County attorney Dan Manning said that the resolutions would be passed on to state assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, who would then introduce them at the state level.
“This will move the county sales tax up to 4 percent,” Manning said. “With these resolutions, we can now send in the paperwork to Sayward that tells her we want this adopted and then it will go through the legislature.”