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Oswego County legislator seeks to restore expired exemption program

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Legislator Dan Farfaglia would like to see the return of a program that allowed a tax exemption for home improvements.

“When this option was available previously, homeowners were exempt from paying the full amount of the increased assessed value until five years after completion,” Farfaglia wrote in a memorandum to members of the legislature’s Community and consumer Affairs Committee.

“Under that law, in the first year of the increased value of the home, the owner paid no additional property taxes. Beginning in the second year, they paid a small increased amount. Gradually the amount paid increased every year and by the time the sixth year arrived, they were paying the full assessed value of the home.”

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County ethics board chairman addresses committee

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Ethics Board chairman John FitzGibbons addressed members of the legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee during Monday’s meeting.

He gave an overview of the ethics law and the purpose of the board. “We work from the confines of the law to serve in the most capable way,” FitzGibbons said.

The financial disclosure form, required under law to be filed by elected officials and department heads in the position of decision making, needs to be revised, FitzGibbons said.

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View From The Fourth Floor: April 21, 2012

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature met the evening of April 12 and the agenda, although considered to be light, brought about some interesting debate, an audience outburst and some humorous moments.

The meeting was led by Legislator Art Ospelt, who serves as the legislature vice chairman due to the absence of Legislature Chairman Fred Beardsley.  Legislator Jim Oldenburg was also absent.

For the first time in a long time, the minutes of the meeting were not approved. Instead they were tabled.

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Oswego County legislators want ‘farming’ employee to reimburse taxpayers

by Carol Thompson

As Oswego County legislators wait for a new computer use policy to be drafted, some lawmakers are calling for an employee who allegedly played a computer game while on county time to reimburse the taxpayers.

“No county employee should be spending that much time playing games on the computer and should be held accountable for it,” Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said, adding that the taxpayers are entitled to reimbursement of the salary collected while playing the game on county time.

As reported in the Feb. 22 issue of The Valley News, the personal Facebook page of a highly paid employee working in administration, indicated the application game Farmville was played on county time.

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Oswego County legislators seek more efficiency with FOIL requests

by Carol Thompson

A majority of the records held by Oswego County are public, but the wait for those records can be lengthy.

For that reason, as well as other reasons, legislators want to discuss what steps can be taken to streamline the process.

Last month, the committee discussed not only the timeliness of fulfilling the requests, but whether a legislator should be required to submit a written request for records they need in their roles as elected officials.

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Injunction issued against Oswego County in flow control case

by Carol Thompson

A federal court judge has handed down a preliminary injunction against Oswego County in the ongoing court battle over the county’s flow control law.

It’s a battle that is has been costly to the taxpayers and could become even more costly. Last week, the legislature approved the payment of $65,214, as ordered by the court, for the purpose of reimbursing the plaintiff for legal fees. The day after the meeting, Senior District Court Judge Neal McCurn filed an injunction against the county.

Jeff Holbrook of JWJ Industries, Inc. brought a lawsuit against the county alleging that the legislature passed an unconstitutional flow control law. The court agreed and legislators were ordered to amend the law.

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Oswego County Legislature debates wind power…again

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature debated wind power once again when they met Thursday evening.

County Administrator Phil Church addressed the topic, explaining that New York is among the five Great Lakes states that recently reached a deal with the Obama administration to streamline the development of offshore wind turbines.

Church told legislators that he was trying to get more information. The legislature had previously passed a resolution in opposition of offshore wind farms.

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Oswego County flow control lawsuit discussion leads to outburst

by Carol Thompson

A judgment against Oswego County for legal fees to be paid in a lawsuit challenging the county’s flow control lawsuit brought about some debate and an outburst from the plaintiff who was sitting in the audience.

During Thursday’s meeting, the legislature voted to pay Jeff Holbrook $65,214 as ordered by the court.

Holbrook sued the county over its flow control law and a federal court judge ruled the county’s law unconstitutional.

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