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.