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St. Lawrence County "walking a financial tightrope," says NYS audit

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An audit by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says St. Lawrence County is "walking a financial tightrope". The audit found the county's fund balance decreased 68 percent from 2007 to 2011. Legislators used surplus funds to close budget gaps and keep property tax increases last year to an already-high 14 percent.

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David Sommerstein
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Legislature chairman Jonathan Putney says that's nothing the county doesn't already know. "The cushion is gone," says Putney. "We've been saying for awhile that we'd be in for a rough ride and we've used the fund balance to offset property tax increases and to maintain a stable level of services the public expects."

The Comptroller's audit says St. Lawrence County needs a long-term financial plan. Putney said it has adopted a five year plan, which hinges on Albany allowing the county to raise its sales tax by one percent.

Hear David's conversation with Jonathan Putney. Read yesterday's Inbox post on the audit.

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