To the editor:Each time the music stops county residents are left standing without chairs. Motion to maestro avoids addressing the problem: strike up the band; play on. The Sullivan County …
To the editor:
Each time the music stops county residents are left standing without chairs. Motion to maestro avoids addressing the problem: strike up the band; play on.
The Sullivan County legislature’s January 27 rendition witnessed the chairman successfully pitch legislators on adopting county resolution No. 32-22 to avoid costly litigation over costly property taxes triggered when it transferred the Adult Care Center to the Sunset Lake LDC. “You guys want to get into a lawsuit and cost us $200,000? Let’s do it!”, Doherty dared. “But if you don’t … pay the bill”.
The county’s Industrial Development Agency assumed its own starring role in the performance on February 14 when it discussed cobbling a deal with the LDC aimed at blunting the property tax screw-up. According to the Democrat’s own reporting, IDA counsel indicated disposition of the Care Center had been commonly discussed as a sale, even though the legislature denied such intention when repeatedly questioned about it for more than a year.
The music continued on February 17 when the LDC Chairman Lowell Feldman and County Attorney Michael McGuire stated before the legislature that, contrary to IDA counsel, discussions to sell the Care Center were not occurring. Any distinction between maestro and band further blurred, however, when both men also indicated that legal action over the property taxes, despite Doherty’s pitch, in fact would occur.
Why then didn’t McGuire advise caution to his client in January, and why does any legislator – Alan Sorensen, mine, for example – keep accepting one contradictory story after another without getting to the bottom of things?
With all the music coming from this legislature, we can only hope we’re saving money on chairs.
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