Washington County reaches agreement with regulating district

T he Washington County Board of Supervisors approved a settlement Friday with the Hudson River Black River Regulating District, potentially putting an end to a four-year legal battle.

Supervisors agreed to make $299,833 in back payments and $138,238 per year through 2018. The settlement received the unanimous support of the board.

In 2009, the regulating district levied about $4.5 million in fees on Washington, Warren, Saratoga, Rensselaer and Albany counties after a federal court decision took away the district’s ability to charge private hydroelectric dams. Those charges were the district’s primary source of funding.

All five counties banded together in opposition to the fees and filed a lawsuit arguing they didn’t have to pay. But those lawsuits were largely unsuccessful.

After extensive negotiations between the five counties and the district, a $4.5 settlement was reached earlier this year.

The deal was made under the assumption that the state would pick up 22 percent of the total settlement.

Had it not made the agreement, Washington County would have had owed approximately $600,000 by the middle of March and $213,000 annually through 2018.

The deal has now been ratified by four of the five counties. Saratoga County was expected to vote on the settlement later this month.

The annual fee the county has to pay in 2013 was not included in its budget for the year and will be paid using monies from its fund balance.

Comments

comments

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

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

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Lakes Region Freepress – 08/18/17

Lakes_8_18_17.pdf-web.pdf

Northshire Freepress – 08/18/17

Northshire_8_18_17.pdf-web.pdf

North Country Freepress – 08/18/17

FreePress_8_18_17.pdf-web.pdf

Lakes Classifieds – 08/18/17

Lakes_8_18_17.pdf-web.pdf

518 Wheels – 08/16/17

518 Wheels 8-14-17.pdf-web.pdf

Fire Company, village resolving their quarrel

Fire House

By Matthew Saari The months-long feud between the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company and the village of Whitehall may soon come […]

Absentee landlords not abiding by law

Whitehall Mayor Phil Smith

By Matthew Saari Last Aug. 30, the Whitehall Village Board passed a law requiring “absentee” landlords – Individuals who own […]

Quarry still focus in Schaff search

Jonathan Schaff

By Krystle S. Morey The lead investigator in the search for a man who went missing after leaving a Granville […]

Former Mount Carmel Church celebrates 150 years

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church

By Krystle S. Morey Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church held its final Mass on April 12, 2009, but its […]

Fall coaches pine for more players

DSC_0854

By Krystle S. Morey Student athletes took to their respective fields Monday as the fall sports season began. Practices kicked […]

Northshire Freepress – 08/11/17

Northshire_8_11_17.pdf-web.pdf

Weekender – 08/11/17

Weekender 8-11-17.pdf-web.pdf