Wealthy towns get richer, poor towns, poorer
Like the inequitable distribution of wealth in our nation, the towns with expensive lakefront properties get more and more sales tax revenue each year to offset governmental expenses, while the towns with little or no such property get comparatively little sales tax revenue — despite the fact they may be generating the revenue by hosting flourishing businesses. The outcome? more and more of the tax load gets shifted to the working class and those with fixed incomes. The Supervisors of the land-rich towns balk at raising the subject, because they don't want to rock the boat.
The board voted at its Dec. 2 regular meeting to override the New York State tax levy cap which County Manager Daniel Palmer said calculated to just over two percent for the 2014 spending plan.
Only one person signed up to speak at the Nov. 25 special Essex County Board of Supervisors meeting soliciting comment on the 2014 tentative county budget. However, when it was his turn to speak, Gale Wilkins of Willsboro said County Manager Daniel Palmer’s presentation had answered his questions.
A draft of the Elizabethtown Comprehensive Plan is now available.
Commissioner Joan McDonald said she would ask members of her team to look over the proposed closure scheduled for the Fisher Bridge, located near the intersection of Route 9N and Lincoln Pond Road in Elizabethtown.
More than 70 people came out to learn the results of the town’s recently completed economic revitalization strategy.
Wilmington Supervisor Randy Preston said that he is always pleased when New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo visits the area.
Cuomo announced a partnership between New York State, Clarkson University, and the Trudeau Institute to form a world-class biotech enterprise during a Nov. 20 press conference at the Lake Placid Conference Center.
New York State Assemblymember Janet Duprey met recently with cancer survivors, a representative from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), and care givers from the Fitzpatrick Cancer Center to discuss upcoming legislation.
Hamlets 3 is an initiative which looks at potential growth solutions for five hamlets in the Adirondack Park. It is funded by a DEC Smart Growth planning grant. The hamlets being considered are Caroga, in Fulton County in the Mohawk Valley, Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake and Long Lake in Hamilton County, and AuSable Forks in Essex County.
Congressman Bill Owens is back in Glens Falls on Friday Nov. 22 to field questions from area residents, particularly business owner and leaders.
Members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors put the wheels in motion to override New York State’s two percent tax levy cap during a special meeting Nov. 18.
One race was turned on absentee votes cast and counted by the Essex County Board of Supervisors Nov. 13.
The Town of Westport will be hosting a public meeting on Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. in the town hall to discuss the Town’s recently completed economic revitalization strategy.
Clinton Community College hosted a Veterans Day flag lowering ceremony Monday, honoring especially 12 World War II veterans who have gone on Honor Flights this past summer.
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