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Date set for budget hearing

— The Essex County Board of Supervisors will meet at the end of this month to allow people to speak on the tentative 2014 budget.

Members of the board approved scheduling the annual public hearing for the county budget during its Nov. 4 regular board meeting. The hearing will take place on Monday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Old County Courthouse in Elizabethtown. The regular monthly meeting of the Ways and Means Committee will be held before the hearing at 6 p.m. (normally held at 10 a.m.).

The 2014 tentative budget will be released by Nov. 15, according to county Manager Daniel Palmer.

“We have been meeting with several department heads and there are still a couple more we want to meet with,” Board Chairman Randy Douglas of Jay said of the groundwork going into the budget along with budget sub-committee chairman David Blades of Lewis.

Palmer said he would be discussing the budget at the next sub-committee meeting, which will take place Tuesday, Nov. 12, a 1 p.m.

“This year looks a little better than it has in the past,” Palmer said. “A lot of that is the influx of cash coming in from the sale of the Horace Nye Nursing Home. We have developed a five-year plan to get us back. If we accept some increases to the levy, we can get back to a balanced budget over a period of time.”

ROOST seeks to expand

Members of the board also gave their blessing to the Lake Placid Visitors Center/Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) submission of a request for proposal (RFP) to take over as the lead for tourism and marketing programs in Hamilton County.

Currently, Essex County contracts with ROOST to deal with the same function for them. Members of the board unanimously supported their request.

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