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November 30, 2012

Essex County stays under tax cap

Rate now projected to rise just 9 cents for 2013

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Douglas said that at the budget vote he plans to ask the board to consider no raises for anyone, a $100,000 savings.

Every $206,000 represents 1 percent of the tax levy, so that would be another one-half percent tax cut.

Scozzafava said he’ll initiate a dialogue next year on reducing the size of the county workforce, now at 623 employees.

“The only way we’re going to get to go where we’ve got to go is elimination of positions. When someone retires, don’t fill it. Until we start reducing personnel, we’re going to be having this discussion every year.

“Come January, a hiring freeze will be in effect if we have enough support.”

Email Lohr McKinstry: lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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