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September 4, 2013

Otsego lawmakers face $7M deficit

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Counties and other local governments that go beyond the tax cap can face financial sanctions from the state, noted Rep. Rich Murphy, D-Oneonta, the vice chairman of the county Board of Representatives.

“Do we stay below the cap or do we consider going above it?” said Murphy, who has opted not to seek re-election this year. “It’s a topic that has to be discussed. We just can’t sit there and say, ‘oh, well.’”

Lindberg said the county’s lean times are not expected to end any time soon.

“Even after we get rid of the nursing home, you’re still going to have the cost of the state retirement system and the debt from building it. Then you have Obamacare (the Affordable Health Care Act) kicking in, and we don’t know yet what that is going to cost us. I don’t see revenue getting better. I can see revenue getting worse.”

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