Essex County spending plan calls for over $18.6 million taxpayer share

— After a day of searching for cuts and compromise, members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors authorized a 2014 spending plan that comes with an $18,659,280 taxpayer impact on Dec. 17.

Members of the board voted 10-8, or 1,758 to 1,163 in weighted voting, to approve the 2014 spending plan with a tax levy that represents a 13.35-percent increase over the 2013 levy of $16,461,016. The board voted earlier this month to override the New York State tax levy cap.

How they voted

The following is a roll call of how each member of the Essex County Board of Supervisors voted on the 2014 budget:

Supervisor, town (weighted count) - vote

Gerald Morrow, Chesterfield (196) - yes

Charles Harrington, Crown Point (162) - yes

Margaret Bartley, Elizabethtown (95) - yes

Sharon Boisen, Essex (55) - no

Randy Douglas, Jay (202) - no

Bill Ferebee, Keene (90) - no

David Blades, Lewis (111) - yes

Sue Montgomery-Corey, Minerva (65) - no

Tom Scozzafava, Moriah (355) - no

George Canon, Newcomb (35) - yes

Roby Politi, North Elba (520) - yes

Ronald Moore, North Hudson (20) - yes

Michael Marnell, Schroon (133) - no

Charles Whitson, St. Armand (126) - yes

Debra Malaney, Ticonderoga (387) - yes

Dan Connell, Westport (106) - yes

Ed Hatch, Willsboro (162) - no

Randy Preston, Wilmington (101) - no

TOTAL: 1,758 in favor (10 supervisors); 1,163 against (8 supervisors)

The final numbers were down from the 15.16-percent levy increase proposed by County Manager Daniel Palmer as part of a five year plan to get the county back to a balanced budget.

“This budget still puts us in a five year recovery plan and is clearly a step in the right direction to get to a balanced budget,” Palmer said. “I know that you cannot hold this board to a five year plan in the future, but the plan serves as a template to get to balance.”

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