Tagged: montgomery county ny budget

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99 Posts of This Blog on the Web

I’m going to revisit one of my favorite words in this post: ‘ennui’. I”m firming my beliefs that the state of local affairs is truly intractable– no matter how you try to advance a different framework or different policies, it simply remains the same. ┬áIf...

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Mythology 12010

The most pervasive and recurring myth locally is that if we could only consolidate — whether it’s the county or the school or anything really– we would be more efficient in running our government and hence our tax rates would be so much lower. It...

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Mudness

When I see stuff in the paper like this: A 23.45 percent tax increase was originally proposed, Bowerman said. With the $4 million being used, the tax increase would be 15.7 percent, he said. And I think back to statements like this (from here) :...

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Breaking: 2010 County Budget Complete in 2048

From the Recorder article (here): “I have to answer to the taxpayers,” said Minden town Supervisor Thomas Quackenbush. “I’m not against anybody. I’m against the 21.6 percent tax increase. It’s got to be done $100 at a time.” Assuming a $10 million needs to be...

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My 550 Pound Dog

After reading this story on MOSA in the Gazette, I thought of my 550 pound dog. First, here’s the key highlight of the story: MOSA member counties, according to the contract binding their waste streams to the authority, are required to pay MOSA the per-ton...

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Financial Transparency

My curiosity was piqued by this article on the $20M surplus for Montgomery County in the Daily Gazette. I’m especially curious to understand the financial rationale and analysis that would argue for not using the surplus to offset any tax increase for this year. If...