Initial claims rose from 126 in April 2019 to 2,296 this month, an increase of 2,170 claims, according to the state Association of Counties.
OTSEGO COUNTY BOARD, 5-6-20
NYSAC Expected We’ll Lose
Equivalent Of Twice Tax Levy
By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN – Today started with bad news for Otsego County’s 14 representatives and ended with worse.
When the county board’s May meeting convened at 10 a.m. via Zoom, the county reps thought they were struggling with an $11 million deficit from coronavirus-related cuts. When it end, that had doubled to $22 million, double the county’s property tax levy.
To keep current levels of service, the property tax levy – and hence the tax rate – would have to be doubled.
The discussion was focusing on whether to freeze one promotion and two potential hires in the Department of Social Services when County Treasurer Allen Ruffles looked up from his cell phone.
“I just got the latest from NYSAC,” the state Association of Counties, he said.
It included a worst-case scenario, a 50 percent cut in sales and bed tax revenues, and reimbursements from the State of New York, amounting to $11 million. “It could be even worse,” said Ruffles, quoting the new report.
LOCAL FALLOUT FROM EMERGENCY
By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
ONEONTA – In an average week, Alan Sessions, CDO Workforce disability resource coordinator, might field 25 calls about unemployment insurance.
“In the last week, we’ve received 25 calls a day,” he said. “Sometimes the wait to talk with someone is an hour.”
The majority of the calls, he said, are waitstaff, kitchen help and retail workers suddenly jobless as Governor Cuomo ordered stores and restaurants closed in to facilitate “social distancing” and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
“It’s early still, but these are the businesses that were immediately affected,” he said.
COOPERSTOWN – County Rep. Meg Kennedy is making history.
It surfaced at today’s county Board of Representative meeting that the second-term legislator has been invited and agreed to join the board of directors of NYSAC, the influential New York State Association of Counties.
What’s more, she is the first representative from Otsego County ever to be so honored.