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You put these jobs back in, the costs go up. Iím not willing to do that.

Attempt to save county jobs fails

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An attempt by one Essex County lawmaker to save 10 positions eliminated in the adopted 2012 budget failed narrowly earlier this week. According to County Manager Dan Palmer, Chesterfield Supervisor Gerald Morrow moved to have the jobs restored.

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The county’s 2012 budget carries a 10.54 percent tax levy increase. It will use $4 million from the fund balance, reduce contingency monies, cut appropriations to contract agencies and reduce departmental expenditures. It will also eliminate nine full-time and one part-time positions.

The boars was divided on the layoffs. Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava, said shedding workers would have a negative impact on an already fragile economy. But North Elba’s Roby Politi says lawmakers need to stick to the layoffs.

“How many times are we going to rehash this thing over and over and over again?” Politi said. “(Morrow’s) thinking was that these people, if they’re laid off, will just go on unemployment and the county will have to pay for those kind of things. Well, that may be true; some people do that. But some people look for jobs. And in addition to that, we do have money set aside to cover unemployment costs.”

 Politi says supervisors can’t keep trying to change their minds once decisions have been made: “We’re moving on with this, that’s the way it is,” he said. “It’s unfortunate, but people didn’t want to pay more, in my opinion. You put these jobs back in, the costs go up. I’m not willing to do that. I wasn’t even happy with 10 percent; I wish it was less.”

And, Politi says, the county can’t spend money on those positions after the budget’s been adopted.

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