Essex County plans budget, board meetings

The Essex County Board of Supervisors.

The Essex County Board of Supervisors. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— There will be changes to the Essex County Board of Supervisors calendar in the next month.

The changes will be made for a number of reasons ranging from allowing more residents to attend a night meeting to discuss the 2013 budget to not interfering with a conference of Adirondack municipalities.

During its Nov. 5 regular board meeting, the board changed the usual meeting time for the Ways and Means Committee, which will still meet on Monday, Nov. 26, but will do so at 6 p.m., instead of its regular 10 a.m. time.

The change was made to accommodate a pair of public hearings which will take place on the same night, including the hearing on the preliminary 2013 county budget at 7 p.m. and the hearing on a local law to override the tax cap levy limit preceding the budget talk at 6:35 p.m.

In voting on the cap hearing, Sharon Boisen of Essex, Ed Hatch of Willsboro and Randy Preston of Wilmington voted against the measure. Hatch and Preston spoke out against having the local law in place before knowing the budget figures during the Ways and Means Committee meeting two weeks earlier.

Also, the regular monthly board meeting for the supervisors will be pushed back one day, from Monday, Dec. 3, to Tuesday, Dec. 4. The change was made to avoid conflicts with the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages, which is also meeting Dec. 3.

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