County tables codes budget issue

NORWICH – Putting the county’s code enforcement department onto the general levy isn’t going off as smoothly as previous governmental approvals have indicated.

When the decision to add $70,000 to Chenango’s 2008 operating budget for codes next year finally appeared before members of the Finance Committee on Wednesday, the matter was tabled.



Committee Chairman Lawrence N. Wilcox, R-Oxford, said his committee was “too divided” to take any action at this time. Wilcox asked Safety & Rules Committee Chairman Alton B. Doyle, R-Guilford, to create “a more concrete solution” to the issues raised, many of which dealt with possible charge backs to individual towns for enforcement services provided.

Financial leaders previously approved a referral from Doyle’s committee in August to leave the department’s current fee schedule in place and put the department’s budget on the levy. Supervisors from German, Lincklaen and Guilford voted for it, the Pharsalia supervisor voted against it and Wilcox did not vote. Committee member Wayne Outwater, R-Licklaen, who had voted to add the budget on the levy previously, was absent yesterday.


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