Legislators express urgency with state’s Article X proposal

by Carol Thompson

A special meeting of the Oswego County Legislature’s Strategic Planning Committee will be held later this month for the purpose of finalizing a resolution in opposition of Article X.

During Thursday’s committe meeting, the committee agreed to draft both a letter and a resolution to send to state officials and the Public Service Commission urging reconsideration of the law that threaten home rule.

Home rule allows a local municipality to legislate itself. Article X provides for a committee to determine where wind turbines will be cited in a community.

Oswego County is in a unique situation because of the nuclear power plants located in Scriba.  Article X could take away the county’s ability to negotiate tax agreements with the utilities.

The public comment period has ended, however, Legislator Shawn Doyle worked to negotiate an extension for municipalities to comment. The comment period expires June 15, giving the legislature only one day to submit a passed resolution. The meeting of the full floor is scheduled for June 14.

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