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Monday, November 02, 2009

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Heather Bellanca

Imagine! Cutting this kind of budget in an agricultural district?! Nuts!! I'll be in touch w my reps for sure!!

Donna Farringer - Executive Director,  CCC

Al Fresco weekend is the primary fund raiser for the Courthouse Community Center. The CCE and Paula Schaffer have been instrumental in guiding our annual celebration of our rich agricultural heritage. Due to budget cuts, Paula was unable to assist us this year. The CCE has been most effective assisting my organization, and I offer my support to make sure the full spectrum of worthy services offered are maintained.

sue clary

Thanks Charlie and Brian... Cooperative Extension does a great job for us here in Southern Washington County!!!!! It is important to all and necessary to ensure a safe food source and thankfully more and more people are benefiting from homegrown, so this is NOT the place to cut!!!

Brian Gilchrist

Thank you all for your support and kind words and to Suvir and Charlie for giving people a place to talk! Survir is too kind in his words. Cornell Cooperative Extension is so successful due to its hard working educators who are in tune with the needs of the county residents and are able to form relatinships with all that we work with. The success is further fuled by all of the local partners we collaborate with to achieve our goals. We would like to continue to provide these valuable programs for all of Washington County. Please make your voices heard to your local town supervisor and the Chairman of the Board, Don Wilbur. I feel we can fight our way back to level funding, but the decision makers need to hear from you. If you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 746-2560 or email me at btg5@cornell.edu.

Here is a list meetings Budget Officer Gayle Hall will be holding. I am not sure how many comments she will actually take at these meetings as I am sure she will encourage all to make them at the PUBLIC HEARING on NOVEMBER 13, at 10:00 in the main county building.

Budget Officer Gayle Hall announced on Monday five meetings around Washington County that will present the 2010 spending plan to the public.

The meeting times, locations and dates are listed below. The meetings should be pretty interesting. There’s a $4 million reduction in the overall budget, but the tax levy (or the amount collected in property taxes) is actually going up by $1 million, according to the tentative proposal.

The budget relies on cuts to Washington County Cornell Cooperative Extension in Hudson Falls, and a slew of cuts to employee insurance, furloughs, layoffs and less equipment purchases.

Here is a schedule of the budget presentations:

* Salem, Nov. 6 Proudfit Hall, 2 to 3:30 p.m., 181 Main St.,

* Granville, Nov. 6 American Legion Post No. 323, 10 Columbus St., 7 to 8:30 p.m.

* Whitehall, Nov. 10 American Legion Post No. 88, 148 Main St., 3 to 4:30 p.m.

* Fort Edward, Nov. 10 Washington County Municipal Center, 383 Broadway, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

* Greenwich, Nov. 12 VFW Post, Abeel Avenue, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Thank you to all and we look forward to working with all of you in the future!

just a local

Ok, so there are budget cuts on the table...the word on the street is that pioneer farm credit figures that 50% of Washington County farmers will be GONE, Bankrupt by spring...I suspect that the county budget officer has her ear to the ground and is wondering why CCE needs staff if we will have 50% less folks in full time ag...If washington county is the 6th largest county in terms of ag land in the state..
and Total Farm Production Expenses in 2008 was $ 93 million one can conclude that we are about to loose the agriculture infrastructure in this area and when its gone, its gone and won't come back..CCE was not designed to support hobby farms it was designed to support ag as a livelyhood for those living off the land... I would hate to see it go, and think its a stupid budget descision. The amount of the cuts are small in the overall budget, I suspect that if the supervisors paid for their own coffee and donuts they could find the cash...
perhaps she needs to be tad more for forward looking and go down to NYC one day and look at all the hungry mouths and wonder why they all eat food and drink milk from califorina and happy cows smoking hemp....

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