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Essex County budget draws no reaction from public

Essex County Government Center, Elizabethtown

Essex County Government Center, Elizabethtown Photo by Andy Flynn.

— “Sooner or later you have to stop kicking the can down the road,” Chesterfield Supervisor Gerald Morrow said about the budget proposal. “You can’t have a tax rate that is lower than it was nine years ago.”

“As much as I hate to see a tax increase, we cannot afford to get into a situation again where we are borrowing money to pay the tax warrants,” Westport Supervisor Dan Connell said.

Willsboro Supervisor Ed Hatch countered, saying he felt the county had still not done enough to curb spending.

“This figure I can see a lot more,” Hatch said. “The problem that I have with the budget is that it is all one sided. We talk about raising taxes but what are we going to do to cut costs. I think that we need to look at that.”

If the county does not pass a budget plan by Dec. 20, the tentative budget would become the 2014 fiscal plan.

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