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Is it a big jump all at once? Sure it is. But still we would be lower than most any other tax rate you could find in the state.

Essex County faces 30 to 50 percent tax hike

After seven years of no increases and one of the lowest property tax rates in the state, Essex County is looking at playing catch-up--fast. The county manager estimates a hike in the 30% to 50% range. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

County says no to NCCC

Town supervisors in Essex County have rejected a plan to expand and upgrade North Country Community College's campus in Saranac Lake.

The Plattsburgh Press-Republican is reporting that the project was voted down Monday. Roby Politi from North Elba was one of the supervisors who voted no.

According to the newspaper, Politi cited the timing of the request for roughly $16 million in county funds. Essex county faces a budget deficit next year that could top $8 million. Politi said the county is looking at a 40% increase in the tax rate.

College officials say the campus is deteriorating, with-out-of-date facilities and plumbing. They also argue that New York state will pick up most of the $65-million price tag for the project.  Go to full article

Community college modernization stalled

Essex and Franklin counties are balking at fronting the money for a $65 million project to modernize and renovate the Saranac Lake campus of North Country Community College.

NCCC President Carol Brown told county lawmakers this week that the 40-year-old campus is long overdue for a renovation. But they're are skeptical about the cost of the project, and whether they can count on reimbursement promised by New York State. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Essex County scotches NCCC-CSEA contract

Three percent raises for 24 support workers at North Country Community College prompted Essex County's board of supervisors to vote against a new CSEA union contract. The workers will likely be working under their old contract for the coming year.

The Town of Jay's supervisor led the opposition, saying he wouldn't support any raises, anywhere, this year. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Village considers an upgrade: City of Saranac Lake

The Village of Saranac Lake is overlaid by five jurisdictions: three towns as well as Franklin and Essex counties. Village leaders say that's a burden on taxpayers, and can hamper planning and policy for Saranac Lake. A committee has been looking for options to simplify the complicated municipal boundaries. One alternative is to seek "city" status from the state legislature. But there are a number of principal players, and some conflicting interests.
Martha Foley talked with Chris Knight, who's been following the story for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, about the effort.  Go to full article

Essex County to seek potential Horace Nye buyers

Essex County says it will begin looking for private companies willing to buy the county-owned Horace Nye Nursing Home.
The Horace Nye Task Force, made up of members of the county board of supervisors, gave Essex County Manager Dan Palmer the go-ahead this week. A report issued this week by county officials found that the Horace Nye home, with 100 beds, is losing more than $2 million a year. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Latest budget bill would save prisons in Ogdensburg and Moriah

New York's state Senate is expected to vote on Gov. David Paterson's latest budget bill today. It includes controversial revenue-raiser: an increase in the sales tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products that would make New York's tax rate the highest in the country, and action to collect taxes on Native cigarette sales (see related story). State Budget Director Robert Megna expects the bill to pass, despite the failure of earlier proposals to tax Native cigarette sales.
That would be a relief to two North Country communities -- it would save the Ogdensburg Correctional facility, and the Moriah Shock Camp, saving hundreds of jobs in the North Country. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

County nursing homes including E'town's Horace Nye could be privatized

This week, county leaders from across New York state met to discuss the future of nursing homes run by local governments. In many counties, the homes provide crucial care to elderly and sick residents. But the facilities are costing taxpayers millions of dollars to operate.

The Horace Nye home in Elizabethtown is expected to lose close to $2 million this year. As Brian Mann reports, a growing number of local leaders say those costs are too high at a time when property taxes are soaring.  Go to full article

Essex County files for authority to increase sales tax

Officials in Essex County are concerned with next year's budget projections. Some numbers show a potential 30 percent increase to the tax levy. In an effort to offset potential property tax increase, supervisors are moving forward with a plan to increase the sales tax. Yesterday, supervisors voted 14 to 3 to petition state lawmakers to grant the county with authority to increase the sales tax from 7.75 percent to 8 percent even. Chris Morris has more.  Go to full article

DOS: Brush burning not acceptable fire training

State officials say local communities can't use their fire departments' training exercises to burn municipal brush. Brush burning by towns and by individuals was banned last year by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Local government leaders in the North Country have railed against the DEC regulation, claiming that it will lead to an increase in individuals burning their brush at home and an associated increase in brush fires. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

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