To the Editor:
Essex County Needs Your Help!
If you live in Essex County, please lend yourself a hand. Your residence is subject to taxation from town, county maybe village. You vote for a town supervisor and maybe even a mayor, but you don’t vote for someone who’s sole purpose is to represent you at the county. The county budget is 14 times the size of the largest township budget, but no one manages only county business. The supervisors are elected by their town citizenship and attempt to manage both town and county government.
There are 62 counties in New York, only 18 of are administered through supervisory weighted voting from township elected officials. The other 44 counties operator under Legislative government which evenly provides for a small number of board members elected from equally sized established districts within the county. These Legislative Board of a few as five members have the sole responsibility to run only the county. The county residents elect both a supervisor for their town and a legislator for the county. When elected officials dedicate their entire energy and skills to one government, better management is achieved.
The Managing Editor to the Essex County based Valley News, John Gereau, published a news editorial that showed the cost savings with Legislative Government could be as much as $300,000 annually. Eighteen supervisors are trying to agree on how to run Essex County. Weighted voting puts nearly all the decision power in the hands of 3 members from our largest townships of North Elba, Ticonderoga and Moriah. You’re currently paying 18 county administrators when only three really run the county.
The prime advantaged is better management structure representing everyone equally. Better management means better government and that is currently lacking. It’s time for change in Essex County.
John Knox, Lake Placid