continued • Reaching an equitable agreement with the CSEA employees’ union;
• Absorbing the dispatch services of the city of Glens Falls; and
• Maintaining a a sales tax rate of 7 percent or below, one of the five lowest of the state’s 62 counties.
Looking to the future, Geraghty said objectives for 2013 include:
•Developing regulations to address the threat of invasive species to the county’s waterways;
•Working to enable freight service to resume — for the first time in decades — over the county’s rail system;
•Pursuing employee wellness and cutting health insurance costs;
•Remedying the county’s shortage of courtroom space;
•Finishing up multi-year budget planning to anticipate potential financial problems and avoid them, while boosting revenue;
•Completing ongoing union negotiations;
•Completing privatization and expansion plans for Westmount nursing home;
•Pursuing work to improve the county’s network of roads and infrastructure; and
•Lobbying the state for mandate relief.