The next two North Country Matters Presents: Budget Conversations will air for the first time Monday, Oct. 22 and Tuesday, Oct. 23 on WCKN, Time Warner Cable Channel 30, at 7:30 p.m.
The first conversation is with Town of Potsdam Supervisor Marie Regan who sat down with Ann Carvill (St. Lawrence County AAUW), Potsdam, and William Wimmer (Editor in Chief, Clarkson Integrator), to discuss the budget issues for the Town of Potsdam. Regan also updates residents about the construction progress on the new Town Hall on Elm Street and the renovations to the old Town Hall on Market Street. It airs at 7:30 pm.
According to Regan, the town has completed its tentative budget for 2013. The tax rate will remain largely unchanged from last year. Both town and village residents will pay $2.27 per $1,000 of assessed property value for the general and highway funds, compared with $2.31 last year.
The second Conversation is with St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators Chair Sallie Brothers, Norfolk, who sat down with Carvill and Liam Hunt, League of Women Voters, Canton. They discussed the issues surrounding building the 2013 county budget. This half hour segment will air at 8 p.m. on WCKN on Monday and repeats on Tuesday.
County budget preparations have been particularly difficult this year in light of reduced revenues and major delays in state reimbursements, forcing consideration of a projected 20 percent tax levy increase. The County has been unable to convince the county's two state senators to support home rule legislation enabling raising the amount of sales tax it collects by one cent to meet budget shortfalls.
Following these two new shows, WCKN will rebroadcast the previous discussions, including Rep. Bill Owens, the incumbent for NY-21 Congress; Joseph Chilelli, Assembly 118, Amy Tresidder, NYS Senate 48th District, and Marc Butler, 118th Assembly District.
You can also see all the Conversations on WCKN starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sundays from now until Election Day. All Conversations are available anytime on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/user/danieledullea.