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Last week's question:

St. Lawrence County legislators have proposed a tentative budget that grows the tax levy by 3.9 percent and raises the tax rate by 2.1 percent. The budget grows the county's fund balance and is under the state's tax cap of 4.6 percent.

Are you pleased with tentative budget?

80.3% -- No

14.8% -- Yes

4.9% -- Unsure

Total responses: 385

Total comments: 160

Here are your comments:

St. Hilare has done a tremendous job for the people of St. Lawrence County during some very tough times. She will be missed and hard to replace.

10/20/2014 3:35 AM

quit wasting money & lower taxes

10/19/2014 8:31 PM

Only if the spending is reduced by the same amount. Something has got to give.

10/19/2014 6:35 PM

No, too much wasted spending, cut more, zero % increase, we were all hammered with the sales tax increase a year ago. The property tax cut last year just offset the huge increase we received the prior year. Learn to do more with less, everyone else has to.

10/19/2014 4:06 PM

I thought raising the county tax to 4% was supposed to fix the financial shortages. Do you not realize that the well eventually runs dry?

10/19/2014 1:38 PM

Regardless of what they project, they continue to spend large sums of money large sums of money on frivolous issues, while shortchanging essential core services.

10/19/2014 10:29 AM

Would love to get a pay raise every year like that. Never mind a job. Thanks Democrats.

10/19/2014 9:51 AM

It is a Tax increase ... No!

10/19/2014 9:32 AM

No Legislators are bleeding the people of St. Lawrence County dry! Yet Mary Rain wants new office space and Department heads will still probably get pay raises!

10/19/2014 9:16 AM

I haven't seen a wage increase since 2008. My household budget continues to be squeezed by those who think money grows on trees. I cut everything from my family's life that provides enjoyment just to survive. but go ahead and keep raising taxes until we can pay no more then steal our homes.

10/19/2014 8:18 AM

I already have trouble keeping up with my taxes, raising them will make me have to choose to either eat or pay taxes. I choose to eat first.

10/19/2014 7:11 AM

We are taxed enough already

10/18/2014 8:55 PM

Any tax increase is one too many on an already economic depressed area.

10/18/2014 8:35 PM

They need to cut even more and get it lower. After all we have the new sales tax and our taxes were supposed to go down. The taxpayers are tapped out.

10/18/2014 5:33 PM

What does that mean in dollars to the simple folks that do not understand the implications of such a move?

10/18/2014 3:52 PM

Just as predicted, the increase in county sales tax only provided a temporary relief for property owners. Now we have higher sales tax and perpetually increasing property taxes at the county level. Without careful spending cuts and the elimination of wasteful, unnecessary spending, there will be no relief for property owners.

10/18/2014 2:19 PM

We cannot continue to raise property taxes while economic development and increasing the tax base stagnates. The plan to share the increased sales tax revenue should be looked at to redirect some of those funds to more critical areas within the county budget such as infrastructure maintenance and controlled fund balance increases. Also ach line of the county's budget should be thoroughly reviewed for possible reductions or modification.

10/18/2014 12:45 PM

Need to cut Department like Sheriff's Dept. Leave the police work to the professionals- NYS police.

10/18/2014 8:48 AM

No increase in taxes? What happen to our sales tax increase money?

10/18/2014 6:21 AM

Cuomo lowers his state taxes by transferring state mandates to the county and local level.

10/18/2014 5:18 AM

absolutely not, they raised the sales tax rate and that's insufficient and each year they're always financially in trouble and need to exceed the tax cap. Those idiots need to go and be replaced with some people who know money. As the saying goes, if you don't know money, it doesn't matter how much you make, you'll never have any and that's so true with this board of legislators.

10/17/2014 10:15 PM

I thought raising the sales tax 1 percent was so taxes wouldn't need to be raised? Instead of the big 14% drop in taxes, they should have allowed extra money to go into the fund balance, and give a smaller tax break.

10/17/2014 7:51 PM

They always lie they said the sales tax increase would be enough. I say lets cut their salaries and benefits.

10/17/2014 5:44 PM

How can anyone be pleased with this? High taxes are driving this county deeper into a depression. Population is shrinking; the worst part of this is working folks are leaving and you're left with the welfare crowd. With the exception of Corning, businesses are shrinking or leaving. Property values are neutral or falling; this is happening despite inflation. A complete change of the guard is long overdue. It amuses me when I see the county legislatures fighting amongst each other. No wonder they can't straighten things out, after all the accusing letters, allegations, mud slinging, etc. that goes on among them; can you imagine them working together to accomplish something good? At least Karen is leaving, that's a good start. It's rare that you see someone so far removed from and indifferent to the wishes of the taxpayers she is supposed to be working for.

10/17/2014 4:33 PM

Are you seriously asking this question? No I'm not pleased! The idea of raising the sales tax was to prevent our property taxes from going up, wasn't it? Stop insulting our intelligence with all this "under the cap" bull and just say it like it is...the taxpayers getting it put to us once again in order to solve all the problems the "powers that be" have created in this county!!

10/17/2014 3:53 PM

Yes I am happy they are under the cap but. The county increased expenditures for the St. Lawrence County jail in the 2015 budget. Well let’s see some inmates doing some road repair or other worthwhile labor to pay back its citizens. Inmate sickness was a driving factor for the rising costs! I go to work sick and sore so should they! Work the dog crap out of them and maybe they won’t come back to jail! I for one am tired of working to support others!

10/17/2014 3:06 PM

The state "tax cap" is 2% -- no, 4%+ wouldn't be acceptable even if it wasn't!

10/17/2014 3:02 PM

Too many freebees.

10/17/2014 12:33 PM

Too many high paid administrators in a poor county!

10/17/2014 8:42 AM

The county raised the sales tax in an effort to raise funds to offset property-tax increases. Well, here we go...property taxes will increase again! Why? Members of the county legislature must be held accountable for their actions...both individually and collectively! Like any other job, if you do not perform you will not have that job for long. It's time to get rid of the "good ol' boy " culture and replace it with accountable, trustworthy legislature.

10/17/2014 8:31 AM

Quit posting photos of murdered deer on this site. It is gross and inhumane.

10/17/2014 8:09 AM

Why can't these legislators do their job and not spend more than they receive. Most households do not overspend or these bums will take your house away if you fail to pay the taxes they impose on you!

10/17/2014 7:24 AM

If they can't handle the budget they have, they need to find new jobs..

10/17/2014 12:13 AM

No: I propose no increase in the tax levy or tax rate. There is no need to generate more revenue on the backs of the taxpayers. The solution is to cut positions, programs and expenditures. A nice start would be to drastically reduce welfare and all the other social programs. All the leeches that are unwilling to work due to laziness need to be cold turkey cut off. Being hungry will motivate them to work.

10/16/2014 10:25 PM

They got an increase in sales tax and said this would lower land tax. Stop wasting money and handing out tax breaks.

10/16/2014 6:55 PM

We're being taxed to death. We need to vote out of office any legislator voting for this.

10/16/2014 6:17 PM

What happened to all of the fund balance? Time to start cutting the legislature and top dogs, so more work can be accomplished.

10/16/2014 1:55 PM

When is enough, enough?

10/16/2014 1:53 PM

Reduce the budget.

10/16/2014 1:22 PM

How are they going to lower taxes the 14% they promised us if they got the sales tax increase, maybe they forgot, why doesn't any one ask this question

10/16/2014 10:56 AM

This county is already taxed too much, we are taxed on wages and then the monies left are again taxed--enough is enough, the county needs to look more into why people are leaving or shop elsewhere--we are becoming a dead county--just look around at all the vacant businesses and homes and farms for sale--we are being bled dry by increasing taxes and costs--maybe you can explain the variations in gas prices one town to another--I always look for the best prices traveling--and its usually out of this county....unless the county fathers get their heads where they belong and out of you know where people will cont. to leave the land of never ending taxation.

10/16/2014 10:56 AM

Where are our tax breaks from the 8% sales tax increase! Just keep taking from the working persons pocket

10/16/2014 10:21 AM

Why don't they spend more time cutting the budget, taxes only seem to be going up, up, and up! We need a change on that board, one change I recommend is for the voters to get rid of that incompetent Bunstone and replace him with that Professor at SUNY Potsdam, (Joe Timmerman) he is evidently an expert in financial management and economics. Lets take advantage of, and utilize some of these experts from the Universities. These budgets need to be gone over with a fine tooth comb!

10/16/2014 9:58 AM

State employees have had wage freezes and furloughs in their current contracts, but I don't see anyone at the county level contemplating that sort of cost reducing action. If the state can do it, why can't the county.

10/16/2014 8:16 AM

Voodoo budgeting. Department heads were urged to increase their revenue and decrease their expenses to unrealistic levels. It's worse than it looks.

10/16/2014 8:04 AM

If the county is going to continue to raise taxes, give the 1% sales tax increase back to everyone. Please remember to not vote any Democrat incumbent back into office in Nov.

10/16/2014 7:54 AM

It's past time to stop the over spending done by the county not just keep wasting our money. Its time to stop the practice of an open checkbook.

10/16/2014 7:50 AM

We were told that our taxes were going to go down if the sales tax was raised to 8%. What happened?

10/16/2014 7:25 AM

Measures like this will continue to drive people and business from the area

10/16/2014 6:18 AM

My one big beef with SLC legislators is that they continue to tax fuel oil at 4%. Winter heating is not an option or a luxury in the North Country. It is one of the (very) few things NYS doesn't tax - why does the county? It is a very regressive tax - it hurts those of us at the middle and low income levels very hard. And it is counterproductive. The county has to help too many families with winter heating costs as it is, given our weak job market and low wage employers (Wal-Mart, I do mean you!) - why tax itself?

10/16/2014 5:11 AM

They said the sales tax would solve all our problems

10/15/2014 10:06 PM

Here we go again, more tainted democrats putting the screws to us again. Thank you Sally and Karen for doing such a fine job of making St. Lawrence County the laughing stock of the state. We need more people like this to really put us in the hole. I surely hope that no one votes a single democrat into any office this year. We have had enough. Are there any more Democrats that wish to resign or retire before they are exposed?

10/15/2014 9:24 PM

No!

10/15/2014 8:48 PM

I say get rid of our legislatures. They said "we reduced taxes every year since 2008. I sent a letter in with my taxes since 2008, read it, I have the facts, home up 2% forest land up 38%. Figures don't lie but liars figure. The difference in a Politician and an athlete= a politician points fingers and an athlete works a team effort to succeed, does not point fingers!

10/15/2014 7:40 PM

They have not done anything to lower their expenditures and they keep borrowing to cover themselves. They don't do anything to change the situation. Tax and spend doesn't work! How about insurance co-pay premiums or more reasonable plans? Like private business has gone to to keep expenses down!

10/15/2014 7:29 PM

I think the County Administration has done a good job with doing more with less and this budget proves that.

10/15/2014 6:26 PM

They raised the county 7% tax to 8%, and now they want more, don't think so. St. Lawrence County Legislators need to lower their wages and pay the same benefits as everyone else, they don't do nothing for this county other than spend money on stupid stuff

10/15/2014 5:36 PM

Not happy with the rate increase. And we don't know what's in the actual budget: a bigger office for our useless DA, perhaps?

10/15/2014 5:28 PM

More tax for the working. Come on get some work here- jobs for the people-then the tax base will go up- stop taxing those that are left-- 2.1 percent this year- what next year? Any increase is difficult to take in this economy. Even those with a decent income- are having a difficult time coping with all the increases. And many don't qualify for Heap or other assistance. I just wish there was another way to balance the budget. If things keep going my family may have to consider relocating.

10/15/2014 4:50 PM

Nice job. Staying under the cap with all of those mandates. Good work.

10/15/2014 3:18 PM

Stop giving to the welfare money, phones and discounts, make them work to pay taxes. That way there won't be increase for the hard working people that are already paying taxes. Welfare should not be having children if there on welfare.

10/15/2014 2:46 PM

Lower taxes not raise them.

10/15/2014 2:32 PM

The county legislators need to get one brain among them all. Taxes get raised along with the sales tax. And still nothing is accomplished. Our roads and bridges are not even safe. They all act as though they have all "gone round the bend". The whole system needs changing.

10/15/2014 2:31 PM

Senior citizens like myself are struggling to pay for meds, groceries, heat, etc., etc. My personal income is just above the base requirements for HEAP and Town of Potsdam's limit for land tax decrease ~ even though I've recently lost two well paying part time jobs! Consequently, I have no idea how I'm going to pay heating bills and land taxes this year. All this and yet the folks on public assistance continue to get generous handouts for doing absolutely nothing. There is no justice in St. Lawrence County's budget system!

10/15/2014 1:38 PM

Mis-mangement and a clueless legislature is why we are in the mess that we are in. Vote all incumbents out.

10/15/2014 12:44 PM

The democrats have a big spending problem. They want to keep taxes high to help support most of them that don't work and live off social security disability or public assistance. We need more business friendly Republican's in office! It would bring jobs in instead of welfare. Teachers are just as bad. Working 180 days and cry that they don't get enough...just another form of living off the system! Then they try to teach our kids to become a flighty Democrat...not in my house! My children are grown and actually can work in the real world. Not many teachers can work in the real world. Quit taxing us to death!

10/15/2014 12:07 PM

Enough is enough.

10/15/2014 12:01 PM

What happened to the promises made in order to raise the sales tax?

10/15/2014 10:44 AM

Am I pleased? Fudge, no!

10/15/2014 10:40 AM

Tired of raising taxes every time! The county workers and "upper crust" should take pay cuts! How can you tell if a politician is lying? Their lips are moving. Up with sales tax and raise property taxes anyway! Hmm.

10/15/2014 10:33 AM

We cannot afford to raise taxes every year. The income of the property owners in the county does not increase every year.

10/15/2014 9:42 AM

Get rid of the salary that you pay legislators and then we'll talk. They aren't worth it.

10/15/2014 8:39 AM

State tax cap 2.0% vs 4.6%?

10/15/2014 8:36 AM

The idiots raised the sales tax to keep real estate taxes down and as usual, now they need to raise taxes again. What a bunch of morons!

10/15/2014 8:32 AM

Our Legislators are doing a great job except Lightfoot, Akins and the one from Stockholm.

10/15/2014 8:09 AM

Sorry but my taxes have gone up the last ten years in a row. Shame on them!

10/15/2014 7:47 AM

Casino money. Extra sales tax was suppose to get us out of all this tax raising. What happened to that?

10/15/2014 7:14 AM

Fred Morrill came to our town meeting last year and said that it was going to be 5 years before we saw any sort of increase. 1 year later and now they want to raise it 2.1 percent. Big city politics from small town politicians. We need to flush them all.

10/15/2014 7:13 AM

Here again legislators of our county get their way to raise sales tax a year ago to balance their budget and lower our tax rate so we agree with them, Now after they get their way along with their raise they now need to raise our taxes again so they can balance their spending our needed money to make sure there will be enough funds to give their self another raise and not worry about the people who really have not kept up with the cost of living due to their overspending. They borrow 10 million to make it look like they have no fund balance. They will never stop wanting to raise our taxes to make their self more money!

10/15/2014 6:30 AM

Money is spent on unnecessary things too often. Learn to save!

10/15/2014 6:07 AM

Love it!

10/15/2014 4:55 AM

It should be lowered 3.9.

10/15/2014 12:25 AM

So if you increase the taxes under the cap at 2.1 every year for oh let's say 5 years. That's a 10.5 percent increase. Every year the taxes ho up and every year we are borrowing more money to pay the bills. $$12 million this year. really? We are the poorest county in the state with the highest unemployment. You would never know it with the idiots running this county. Give us a break!

10/14/2014 9:31 PM

Cut the fat. Identify priorities and essential spending. All else--cut! No funds for outside groups.

10/14/2014 9:04 PM

The county legislators refuse to live within their means as we families have to.

10/14/2014 8:47 PM

Keep up the good work Legislators

10/14/2014 7:49 PM

The current Democratic majority has navigated the county through the worst economy since the Great Depression. They have developed the first five-year budget plan and are sticking with it.

10/14/2014 6:48 PM

Time for a few layoffs. Fatcats been living high on the hog while the rest of us suffer.

10/14/2014 6:32 PM

Poor management by the county government should not have to be paid for by the taxpayers. What happened to the sales tax increase that was supposed to resolve the budget problems?

10/14/2014 5:55 PM

What don't these dummies understand about no more taxes! Fools! We've reached out limit.

10/14/2014 5:28 PM

If we want services, we must be willing to pay for them.

10/14/2014 3:13 PM

Start consolidating services, and can the legislators that cannot show up for meetings. Too much waste.

10/14/2014 2:51 PM

Vote the tax and spend people out this November!

10/14/2014 2:25 PM

A couple years ago raised 13.8 and told if sales tax increase was approved we would get back the 13.8. Where is it instead of an increase?

10/14/2014 1:53 PM

Quit providing full time health benefits to part time people and you will save a ton of money. Part time people should not get the same benefits as full time. Also county workers should have to cover part of the cost of their benefits. Most other companies have to do that so should the people working for those who have to pay.

10/14/2014 12:49 PM

They raise the sales tax from 7% to 8%. They raise the land taxes in the towns and villages, now the county wants to raise taxes. The CEO's and government officials (not workers) give themselves raises and bonuses while my paycheck and hours get reduced. I'm sick and tired of these idiots thinking that we the people have an endless supply of money. How about lowering taxes! Heck the craps not getting fixed anyway, the full time jobs and good paying jobs aren't being created, and it's always the same bull you hear from everyone of these useless politicians.

10/14/2014 12:44 PM

No! The increase in sales tax was supposed to cover this (despite the idea that increasing the sales tax will drive shoppers to other places or online). If they are going to raise taxes anyway, they should lower the sales tax to what it was (or even lower).

10/14/2014 12:39 PM

We do not need anymore tax burden.

10/14/2014 12:04 PM

We are borrowing money this year, again. Our taxes are going up this year, again. We need someone who can manage a checkbook in the county legislature and not say no to grant money. Small town politics, big city corruption.

10/14/2014 11:54 AM

The promise of lower property taxes if the sales tax was raised to 8% apparently will not take place. The sales tax revenue is down as this probably worked in reverse. People shop outside of St. Lawrence county to get away from the 8% sales tax. Another sad thing is there is nowhere to shop in St. Lawrence county. Stores are leaving the area or going out of business.

10/14/2014 11:50 AM

I'll be pleased when I see a zero percent tax increase, just like my paycheck over the last 4 years!

10/14/2014 11:13 AM

We the people are taxed enough! Some of us have not gotten a raise in pay like the legislators. Let them pay the increase for the budget. Enough is enough.

10/14/2014 11:10 AM

Need to make cuts in departments and get rid of paid insurance for legislators. Part time help with medical insurance? Where else but in St. Lawrence County?

10/14/2014 11:04 AM

Cut spending!

10/14/2014 10:58 AM

I cannot answer this question as I have not seen the budget. Unless one sees what is budgeted for each line, one cannot make an educated response.

10/14/2014 10:53 AM

Too high.

10/14/2014 10:12 AM

I do not think it matters what " I " think. the legislators will do whatever they want! The United States Of America is not the land of the free, nor is St. Lawrence county. It is the land ruled by the rich.

10/14/2014 10:09 AM

They can cut a whole lot more but won't. Its a Dem controlled board and they are not fiscally responsible. They already pushed expenses off on Towns and Villages by shifting more of the compensation costs on to others backs. Vote them out, I plan on voting against my Dem rep.

10/14/2014 9:52 AM

118,000 salary for a part time job is wrong!

10/14/2014 9:35 AM

Is anyone happy with any government budget? Give me a break, what a loaded question.

10/14/2014 9:31 AM

What happened to the no increase?

10/14/2014 9:03 AM

The current Legislators need to be thrown out. Squandered $23M and just keep raising taxes.

10/14/2014 9:02 AM

The legislators kept their promise again this year. Good work.

10/14/2014 8:58 AM

I am blessed to live where the crime rate and tax rate are both low.

10/14/2014 8:50 AM

What part of cut spending don't they understand?

10/14/2014 8:41 AM

What happened to sales tax increase? 4% on heating fuels is also a rip-off.

10/14/2014 8:41 AM

We pay enough taxes! Cut the pork barrel spending.

10/14/2014 8:21 AM

The Legislators have not done their jobs. They need to sharpen their pencils and start cutting, cutting and cutting! Eliminate everything and everybody that is not mandated by law to exist! And, refuse to operate, manage, or, implement any and all mandates from the State of New York.

10/14/2014 7:57 AM

Cannot keep going up! Maybe it is time to bite the bullet and start making the hard decisions on how to make the tax levy go down!

10/14/2014 7:55 AM

Until the state lets up on mandates this is probably near the best they can do.

10/14/2014 7:50 AM

The taxpayers need to grow their own fund balance with the money they earned.

10/14/2014 7:28 AM

With the sales tax increase I think a 0% tax increase should be the target. In reviewing the tentative budget legislators should consider giving up their health insurance coverage since they are part time.

10/14/2014 7:02 AM

Legislators are out of touch with no regard for our money wasteful spending, pet projects, property tax hikes, vote them out its time for change.

10/14/2014 6:56 AM

Need to look at aging services home delivered meals program and cut back on portions and condiments. Also look at the cost of investigations into departmental problems since 2010 and justify those costs. Also the monies wasted on aging services failed attempt at a county-wide bus program.

10/14/2014 6:55 AM

They raised the sales tax and still don't have enough money. Do they think we all have a money tree in the back yard?

10/14/2014 6:20 AM

Cut your spending. We the people have to and so should you. Cut your excessive spending!

10/14/2014 6:03 AM

Taxpayers keep paying more and getting less, sick of it!

10/14/2014 5:52 AM

Stop raising the taxes!

10/14/2014 5:24 AM

Should be trimmed more we pay enough for them to waste already.

10/13/2014 9:56 PM

Though that raising sales tax was to curb these increases.

10/13/2014 8:55 PM

It would be nice if they would learn to live on a budget like the rest of us do…they make it sound so little only raise the tax rate by 2.1 percent what is that in the taxpayers money. Many are just making it now we all have to live with in our means...so why do the offices of anything government think all they have to do is raise taxes and they do not have to. Oh I know if you do not get the money something will have to be cut. Why does it have to be just keep it at the rate it is? Until there is money to help more. No matter what you cut every year you never have the money you think you should.

10/13/2014 8:37 PM

No, no, no.

10/13/2014 8:22 PM

No, deal with what you have every one else has to.

10/13/2014 8:12 PM

It seems taxes keep going up and up and seldom is there more services offered to the taxpayers.

10/13/2014 7:31 PM

I need a great deal more information.

10/13/2014 7:22 PM

Our legislators are too concerned about party lines to work together to save money. Example consolidation of services...if it was not their idea or in their party's domain the object. They are all about their party and not about saving money. Throw out the whole bunch, elect new this November, and can the guy who attends meetings via his computer from FL. Make them work for their position or can them.

10/13/2014 6:46 PM

There is nothing about this group of useless legislators that should please anyone. They just keep raising taxes year after year. What happened to the sales tax increase they whined about forever that was supposed to grow the county's fund balance. As long as the democrats are running things and lying to the public we should just plan on handing over all of our money to them every year. All democrats do any place they are in power is put people deeper into debt. And then there are so many people on public assistance because of them they'll keep voting for dems just to be able to stay on the gravy train. Lazy useless democrats!

10/13/2014 6:08 PM

Taxing us out of NYS. Raised the state taxes and did nothing. Worthless.

10/13/2014 6:07 PM

Fred Morrill and the Democrats sold us a bill of goods with the 1% sales tax hike. It was supposed to cure all our problems. I'll remember this at the voting booth!

10/13/2014 6:03 PM

No. Reason for raising sales tax was to give property owners a break, Use some of the fund balance to help.

10/13/2014 5:59 PM

I thought that when the sales tax increase was put into effect, our taxes were supposed to go down! Where are we seeing this? Why are the people not screaming and protesting?

10/13/2014 5:51 PM

How much did Social Security payments go up this year? NYS and St. Lawrence County are out of control with spending. Vote the democrats out of office in 3 weeks.

10/13/2014 5:44 PM

Who in their right mind is ever pleased with a tax increase?

10/13/2014 5:28 PM

Vote them all out.

10/13/2014 5:15 PM

The legislature said previously they would not raise taxes. They need to be more frugal. Where is this county headed?

10/13/2014 5:14 PM

Fire them all, they lack the understanding of how to spend the peoples money. Their incompetence is truly heartbreaking, they have screwed up year after year and taxpayers have to bail them out. The only way to fix this is to put new blood in place.

10/13/2014 5:10 PM

Our County Legislators need to do their jobs and cut spending. We need to cut the non-mandated programs and departments. And quit paying for those deadbeat in the law firm that is supposed to be "speaking on our behalf" down in Albany! No one in Albany is listening, nor, cares about St. Lawrence County!

10/13/2014 5:02 PM

Do away with all entitlements.

10/13/2014 5:00 PM

The county is wasting money. The board is agreeing on things that do not make any sense. They should review the workforce and stop giving raises that are uncalled for. Employees should start working to earn their pay. If they did this, they would not need to borrow money each year. Also, when you replace Karen St. Hilaire, cut the salary in half for her replacement.

10/13/2014 4:30 PM

I am not pleased. Sales tax was increased and we are still seeing an increase in property taxes. This is unacceptable. Perhaps there should be a hiring freeze, etc.

10/13/2014 3:58 PM

No. The idea of increasing the budget does not reflect the failure to meet costs through providing self- sustaining services. Cut the budget at the same percentage of the increases. Find other revenue sources, while cutting down on the budget items. The budget needs to shrink. For one, cut down on costs at the county level. Start taxing the water use at the four colleges to provide some additional revenues. The county does not offer services which are self-sustaining, i.e., chemical dependency, mental health, so trim them back to reflect the budget, not increase the budget to increase the services. As with the rest of the county, both are so top heavy with administrators and support services, they can't break even as currently configured.

10/13/2014 1:13 PM

Too much waste and politically controlled spending! Legislators have favorite projects funded all the time. Pork

10/13/2014 12:30 PM

Republicans put us in debt 7 years ago . Hard to recover from it. Decent budget. I think.

10/13/2014 11:02 AM

Sales tax was supposed to help. What happened?

10/13/2014 9:46 AM

What happened to raising our sales tax to keep taxes from being raised?

10/13/2014 8:45 AM