Social Services looks at 7 percent increase

NORWICH – Chenango County taxpayers will pay seven percent more for social services next year if estimates predicting a nearly $23.5 million budget are on the mark.

The pending fallout from Wall Street’s losses and another round of possible program cuts from Governor David Patterson’s office loom heavy on the horizon, however.

“Without Wall Street ... New York State’s not going to be bringing in any money. ... The state’s going to be in dire straits pretty soon. It’s got to go somewhere. We are between a rock and a hard place,” Supervisor Richard Schlag, D-German, said at a meeting of the Safety and Rules Committee Tuesday.

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