County legislators strive for no tax increase

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature’s standing committees have met and made cuts to the 2013 draft budget.

Next on tap is a meeting of the Finance and Personnel Committee that is expected to make more cuts in anticipation of lowering a proposed seven percent tax increase to zero.

The Health and Human Services Committee spent nine hours last week chopping away at department budgets — and legislators aren’t finished.

Every budget line is being scrutinized this year, unlike past years when budget talks were minimal.

Legislator Shane Broadwell discussed the county’s phone system during a committee meeting, which will now be looked at. Broadwell did not respond to repeated requests to interview him further on the issue but the legislature chairman said the phone system charges will move beyond the discussion stage.

“They are going to be reviewed,” Legislator Chairman Fred Beardsley said. “I think we’re pretty much going to take a look at the phones throughout the county to see how many we need and how many are duplicated.”

Beardsley said a general assessment will be done county wide. “I think the first thing we need to do is assess where we are,” he said. “We just started looking at this but I believe there is some duplication there.”

The legislature hasn’t reviewed its phone system in many years. Legislator Amy Tresidder proposed a review when she took office over two years ago, however, it was not addressed at that time.

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