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Letters To The Editor

November 8, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Nov. 8, 2013

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RSVP would like to heartily thank Peru Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 309 for the generous hospitality again this year. RSVP would also like to recognize Darleen Kiniry and Ruthie Fisher of the Peru Senior Nutrition Program at the VFW for their tremendous service at the event.

Sincere thanks go to area businesses that supported the silent auction: Claims Connection, Ground Round Grille & Bar, Mickey’s Restaurant & Lounge, Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub, North Country Food-Co-Op, Pizza Palace, Price Chopper and Walmart.

RSVP would also like to acknowledge Clinton County Office for the Aging and Clinton County Public Transit for providing bus transportation for luncheon guests. RSVP appreciates the partnership with community non-profit organizations and agencies over the past 40 years.

Finally, RSVP would like to thank our wonderful 12-member Advisory Council for planning this successful recognition event.

KATE GARDNER

Director

RSVP of Clinton County

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Plattsburgh budget

TO THE EDITOR: Town of Plattsburgh’s preliminary budget shows the Town Council still wants to override the tax cap.

The council claims to have cut it to the bone. Yes, the highway property tax still goes up 37.6 percent and the council exceeds the cap by only 12 percent or $393,000. (tax cap plus 12 percent equals 14 percent increase).

While 14 percent is better than 47 percent, the real issue is why go over at all? Here’s how to avoid using an override to pay off the $393,000 and keep the town moving forward:

First, use unlisted sales tax the County Treasurer’s Office projected. Bill Brudvig and I talked about how the town low-balled the county’s conservative projections by $360,000. Now they are only leaving out $36,000 for 2014. Add that to $21,000 they left out of 2013, and you have $57,000 to reduce property taxes.

Second, use Clinton County’s 2013 end-of-year sales-tax “bonus” to reduce the levy. The town gets $300,000 or more. Another $300,000 off property taxes.

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