A cut in county services is inevitable
The current tentative budget proposes a near 14% tax increase. This is well above what is acceptable given the level of home foreclosures and struggling businesses. To lift any further devastating tax burden, I voted against an override of the 2% tax cap and feel a vote for a double-digit tax increase is completely irresponsible. Therefore, I have provided a comprehensive list of recommendations for savings to be reviewed. The reality is, with little revenue besides sales tax and property tax, it is inevitable that we must cut services. As we prepare to vote on the county budget on December 20, I realize any decisions made will be met with opposition, however, I was elected to represent 77,000 residents of Sullivan County.
I have heard you loud and clear.
Cindy Kurpil Gieger
Sullivan County Legislator