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Future of bus service discussed in Essex County

Scozzafava: 'We looked at Horace Nye, we have to look at this'

Essex County Budget Officer Thomas "Tom" Scozzafava (Moriah).

Essex County Budget Officer Thomas "Tom" Scozzafava (Moriah). Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said he did not see many on the busses that traveled through his town.

“I hardly see anyone on the bus from Elizabethtown to Ticonderoga,” Scozzafava said. “We need to take a hard look at this. We did it with the nursing home and we have to do the same with all of these things.”

Wilmington Supervisor Randy Preston said that he agreed with Scozzafava’s assessment, except when it came to the ORDA Ski Shuttle.

“I can't support putting that kind of money into the program,” Preston said. “We have to take a hard look at the routes and those with low ridership have to go away. There are very few times that people in Wilmington are riding those busses other than the ORDA ski shuttles.”

Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley asked if the county could take out a loan in order to finance the new vehicles.

“If we did not get 90 percent of the funding for the busses, wouldn't we go out for a loan. Couldn't we do the same for only $80,000,” she said.

Palmer said that, most likely, whoever sold the busses to the county would want the money up front.

Tax roles set

Dawn Belden of the real property department reported to members of the committee that the final assessment roles are completed and online.

“Please make sure that you post a link to the roles on your town websites,” Belden said.

As part of the report, Belden also took time to thank the members of the county board of assessment review for their service —board chairman Randy Douglas, county treasurer Michael Diskin and clerk to the board Deb Palmer.

The county BAR oversaw a number of grievances, including overseeing the town of Essex procedure, which was highlighted by the contested 2011 assessment of Salim “Sandy” Lewis.

Belden also said that the tentative equalization rates for the county were announced, with each town being equalized at 110 percent.

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