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December 5, 2012

Otsego budget cuts farm service funds


“It bothers me that we cut the departments that work for the working people in the county,” he said.

Members of the Board of Representatives, working with County Treasurer Dan Crowell, have over the past two months arrived closed a $5 million deficit by whittling away at programs, postponing planned purchases and renovations and trimming services they argued would cause the least amount of public pain.

Crowell told The Daily Star that some proposed cutbacks are likely to face resistance from individual county lawmakers. But he noted if they want to advocate for restoring those positions or programs, they would also also need to suggest ways to offset the expense of keeping those services fully funded.

“What are they willing to sacrifice to get back in what they want back in?” he asked.

Straining the county’s resources are a projected growth in the county subsidy for the Otsego Manor nursing home - rising to $5.5 million next ear, up from $3.3 million in the current year -- and spiraling pension costs for retired workers.




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