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Budget hike

Tentative Edwards spending plan up 2.58 percent

September 26, 2013

MAYVILLE — County Executive Greg Edwards’ tentative $230.8 million 2014 budget reflects a 2.58 percent tax rate increase....

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Sep-26-13 4:15 PM

FREDONIAFRED - you assume that the cost of everthing must go up. The factor that drives cost increases mopre than every other is wage increases. If we were committed to the old economic rule that wage increases must be tied to productivity increases there would be little or no cost increases. In todays world everyone expects an annual wage increase with no regard for productivity and that is the source of our increasing costs.

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Sep-26-13 3:17 PM

If your cable, phone cell etc. keeps going up in cost beyond your income you drop it. You may not like it but you have to*****it up.

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Sep-26-13 3:00 PM

How come all year it was doom and gloom and now everything is wonderful????

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Sep-26-13 1:03 PM

I agree it cost more every year to keep up with requirements and needs of the county. Private sector income an growth is not keeping up with government increases. Every year we are drowning. I really feel bad for our fixed income seniors. Nice place to visit, but a hard plase to live.

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Sep-26-13 9:32 AM

Then there is the increase in MEDICAID which I think is in the neighborhood of 700,000?

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Sep-26-13 9:16 AM

Roads cost more, trucks cost more, gasoline costs more, employee contracts cost more. These are costs that cant be controlled by us locally. Also the county used more than $6M in fund balance last year, $3.2M is quite an improvement.

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Sep-26-13 9:13 AM

Any tax hike is unacceptable in these times. Cut spending, I'm sure they could have found something somewhere. As long as Chau.Co. population declines, anything other than a budget REDUCTION is simply inexcusable unless the can 100% pin a line item on an inflationary cost.

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Sep-26-13 8:56 AM

I am embarassed for county leaders. At a time when we should be reducing the size and cost of government they have figured out a way to spend more money. We will continue on the path of self destruction until our leaders wake-up.

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Sep-26-13 8:25 AM

Chuck, it's because of . . . "the use of $3,222,000 from the county's fund balance."

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Sep-26-13 6:50 AM

With the costs of everything still on the climb, I don't know how they've kept the increase to only $24 a year. Your cable/dish/cell phone bill goes up more than that, yet people don't complain about it.

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