P ublic informational presentation schedule on the 2009 tentative Washington County budget. Each presentation is expected to take approximately one hour. Granville. American Legion Post #323, 10 Columbus St., Wed. Nov. 12, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Fort Edward. Washington County Municipal Center, 383 Broadway, Thurs. Nov. 6, 7 p.m. and Fri. Nov. 14, 8:45 […]

C ome out, speak out and get informed, supervisor urges  

The Washington County Budget Officer is taking her show on the road.

Washington County Budget Officer Gayle Hall, supervisor of Fort Ann, announced on Oct. 30 her plan to present a number of meetings detailing the tentative upcoming county budget in a series of public informational presentations which will be open to the public.

The tentative budget for 2009 will raise taxes by 8 percent, Granville Supervisor Rodger Hurley said.

While that is lower than the earlier projected 12 percent and lower still than the highest projected tax increase of 24 percent, Hurley said that is still substantially more than the 3 percent talked about before the budget process was begun and agreed to by the board as “a goal.” 

Hall will appear in Granville, Fort Edward, Whitehall, Salem and Greenwich and in some cases make two presentations at two different times between Nov. 6 and Nov. 13 leading up to the presentation of the tentative budget at a public meeting Nov. 14.

Of the two meetings scheduled for Nov. 12 at the American Legion Hall on Columbus Street in Granville, Hurley said he thought the best opportunity for the people of the town to speak out would be at the later, 7 p.m., meeting.

Each meeting is listed as one hour in duration.

An initial 2 p.m. meeting will be held, but Hurley thought that just as with the county board meetings it might be tough for working residents to make it to that showing in the middle of the work day.

Hurley said he had not been informed what type of format the meetings would go by, but he hoped to see most of the one-hour time being used for residents’ questions and comments.

“No matter what you think, what your reaction to this budget is, this is an opportunity to hear about the budget and speak about it,” Hurley said.

The packet presented to supervisors Oct. 30 listed areas that had been cut to reach the current proposed budget.

Hurley said he urged every resident, no matter their financial situation, to look into the budget.

The current financial difficulties facing the nation and the area are not likely to be remedied any time soon, he said, and residents need to see the budget and be aware that further cuts will be necessary.



Read more in this week's Sentinel in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Lakes Region Freepress – 10/02/15

Northshire Freepress – 10/02/15

Weekender – 10/02/15

Lakes Classifieds – 10/02/15

Classifieds 09/30/15

Putortis discuss LGBTQ issues in the Church


By Dan King Being gay in the Catholic Church is not an easy thing. With Pope Francis making his first-ever […]

Karas leaves


By Dan King Whitehall Central School business manager Joe Karas has left the district, leaving Gregg Chappell, director of special […]

Dry summer takes toll on area water supplies


By Dan King and Christina Scanlon A record-dry summer has taken its toll throughout the country, and Northern Washington County is […]

New Schoony’s owners look to return to general store roots


By Christina Scanlon A 1911 photo of what is today Schoonys Country Store shows a long two-story building with expanded […]

First Friday to be frighteningly good

By Christina Scanlon The rescheduling of First Friday events at the Pember Library and Museum and the Slate Valley Museum […]

A ‘really great student’ sets her sights on goal

By Christina Scanlon Lidia Medrano-Garcia had almost forgotten about a form she’d filled out at the end of her junior […]

Keepsakes: Some valuable, some not


By Christina Scanlon They started filing in a good hour before the excitement was to begin. They carried plastic bags […]