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News of Otsego County

Ed Frazier

With Help Of Reserves, County ’17 Budget Even

PROPOSAL SUBMITTED ON DEADLINE

Drawing On Surplus,

County ’17 Budget Even

With a smile, County Treasurer Dan Crowell holds up the preliminary 2017 county budget that he submitted Tuesday, a day ahead of the requirement, to Clerk of the Board Carol McGovern. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
With a smile, County Treasurer Dan Crowell holds up the preliminary 2017 county budget that he submitted Tuesday, a day ahead of the requirement, to Clerk of the Board Carol McGovern. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

county-logoCOOPERSTOWN – The proposed county tax levy is up 0.4 percent in the preliminary budget that, by law, County Treasurer Dan Crowell had to deliver to Clerk of the County Board Carol McGovern by Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Applying surplus accrued over the past year, tax bills will stay even, he said.

The proposed levy – the amount that must be raised by local property taxes – is up  $45,003 to $11,400,165, Crowell said.   State subsidies and reimbursement cover the rest of the $105 million document.

CLICK HERE TO SEE PRELIMINARY 2017 COUNTY BUDGET

Budget Committee chair Ed Frazier, R-Unadilla, said the public hearing is at 6 p.m. Nov. 28. The county board may then approve the document at its December meeting on the 7th.

Complete Constitution Pipeline, Cuomo Asked

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Complete Constitution

Pipeline, Cuomo Asked

County Board To Debate Sending Letter

By JIM KEVLIN • for www.AllOTSEGO.com

County Reps. Powers, left, and Frazier
County Reps. Powers, left, and Frazier

COOPERSTOWN – “Poverty is the illness.  Good jobs are the cure,” county Reps. Jim Powers, R-Butternuts, and Ed Frazier, R-Unadilla, state in the draft of a letter to Governor Cuomo due for consideration at the county Board of Representatives’ October meeting at 10 a.m. tomorrow in Cooperstown.

The letter urges the governor to “reconsider the many benefits the Constitution Pipeline could provide our area, and direct the Department of Environmental Conservation to work constructively with the natural-gas industry for the pipeline’s completion.”

Powers, Frazier Back Constitution Pipeline

Powers, Frazier Back

Constitution Pipeline

County Reps. Draft Letter To Cuomo

For Their Colleagues’ Consideration

County Rep. Jim Powers, R-Butternuts, offers an draft a letter to Governor Cuomo urging approval of the Constitution Pipeline. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
County Rep. Jim Powers, R-Butternuts, offers to draft a letter to Governor Cuomo urging approval of the Constitution Pipeline. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

"I'll help," said county Rep. Ed Frazier, R-Unadilla, the board's co-chair.
“I’ll help,” said county Rep. Ed Frazier, R-Unadilla, the board’s co-chair.

COOPERSTOWN – The county Board of Representatives may be reentering the natural-gas fray in favor of the Constitution Pipeline project.

County Reps. Jim Powers, R-Butternuts, and Ed Frazier, R-Unadilla, the board’ vice chair, this morning volunteered to draft a letter for the board’s consideration as reps began focusing information from their strategic planning process into a half-dozen first-round priorities.

One of the “key initiatives” in the plan is:  “Support the Constitution Pipeline and Leatherstocking Pipeline in appropriate locations in the county.”

County Wish List $8M Over Target

County Wish List

$8M Over Target

Frazier, Crowell Confident Budget

Can Be Pared To Avoid Tax Hike

By JIM KEVLIN • for www.AllOTSEGO.com

Crowell
Crowell
Frazier
Frazier

COOPERSTOWN – The difference between departmental wish lists and the Budget Committee goal is $8 million, but the officials who have started crafting the 2017 county budget are undeterred.

“These are gotta-haves and wanna-haves,” said county Rep. Ed Frazier, R-Unadilla, who is chairing the Board of Representatives’ Budget Committee for the third year.  “My wife wanted a Cadillac and got a GMC Terrain.”

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