November 20, 2013

Levy for proposed Essex Co. budget up 15 percent

Part of 5-year plan to stabilize Essex Co. finances


The fund balance is normally used for items like emergency expenses and to operate county government while taxes are being collected.

Supervisor David Blades (R-Lewis) has been chairing an ad hoc Budget Subcommittee that came up with several recommendations to reduce spending.

He said they didn’t come up with any major cuts, though.

“If we save $100,000 based on our recommendations, that’s a lot.”

The recommendations will be discussed at upcoming budget workshops, Finance Committee Chair Thomas Scozzafava (R-Moriah) said.

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Among the suggestions Supervisor David Blades presented at Monday's Finance Committee meeting are:

• Go to one snowplow operator per truck instead of two, to save $12,000 year.

• Turn the county fairgrounds over to the County Agriculture Society or sell it.

• No more full-time County Family Court attorney; contract out instead.

• Install a bio-metric time clock system to ensure workers are present when they're scheduled.

• Use more part-timers, to save $20,000 year.

• Privatize cleaning staff at the county complex.

• Hold contract agencies to 2013 levels. • Minimize the number of representatives sent to conferences.

• Hold all county committee meetings on a single Wednesday, instead of weekly, to save mileage.

• All supervisors donate $20 year for coffee and flowers fund.

• Buy iPads for supervisors to eliminate paper copies of documents.


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