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September 27, 2013

Delaware board discusses bed tax, dairy

A bed tax discussion, a Cornell Cooperative Extension presentation, and congratulations to Sherry Homan, employee of the month, occupied the Delaware County Board of Supervisors meeting Wednesday.

Homan began working as a Delaware County social worker in 2002 and now supervises the social workers.

“Sherry oversees 1,200 clients and 12 clinicians besides working with many agencies,” said mental-health director Cindy Heaney. “She is resourceful and respectful. It’s an honor to award her employee of October.”

Jeanne Darling and Paul Cerosaletti, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) staff members, then brought the board of supervisors up to date on the activities offered in the county through CCE. “Science, technology, engineering and math are being introduced into 4-H programs,” said Darling. “Human Ecology promotes healthy eating and families. And, agricultural education plays a vital role in the county.”

“As for the future of CCE, the organization is looking to expand on its day camps and school programs to help children socially and emotionally. CCE will also work with initiatives such as the Dairy Acceleration Program,” said Darling.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Dairy Acceleration Program is designed to assist New York dairy farmers develop strategic business plans. Funds are made available to remodel facilities or create farmstead plans on farms with lactating dairy cattle.

Supervisors Bruce Dolph and Michael Triolo, who serve on the finance committee, broached the idea of applying a bed tax in Delaware County.

“In a greater effort to support the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber could use bed tax monies to pay for advertising,” said Dolph.

“It’s a budget negotiation,” said Triolo. “The bed tax would increase revenue without raising property taxes. Moreover, Sen. (James) Seward has indicated he’d introduce the bed tax to the Legislature.”

“We can return to our towns and talk to our constituents about a potential bed tax,” said Dolph. “We estimate a bed tax would bring in between $40,000 and $50,000 per year.”

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