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St. Lawrence County to consider overriding property tax cap

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The St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators is holding a public hearing Monday night about overriding the state's new two-percent property tax cap. Board Chair Sallie Brothers says the county's financial situation doesn't look good.

She says they could cut all non-mandated services, such as alcohol and substance abuse programs, the planning department, youth programs, and nutrition services for the elderly. Or she says they could raise the property tax.

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"We need to get some direction as to where people feel we need to go.   Do we need to maintain some of the services, is that the wish of the people?  Or are they will to accept the pain involved in eliminating some of those services."
 
Earlier this year, a new state law limited municipalities from raising the property tax by more than 2 percent a year.

Brothers says legislators can vote to give themselves the authority to override the 2-percent limit.  But legally, the must first hear from County residents.

The public meeting begins at 5pm at the St. Lawrence County Courthouse.

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