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Friday, October 30, 2009

Assessment, Police, Road Bonding Questions At Tioga Commissioner Meeting

Questions varied for Tioga commissioners

By CHERYL R. CLARKE cclarke@sungazette.com
Sun Gazette

NELSON - Questions ranged from the state's potential plans to implement a patrol tax for state police coverage to when more information would be forthcoming about the "botched" property reassessment by 21st Century two years ago when the Tioga County Commissioners met at the Nelson Community Building Tuesday night.

Commissioners fielded the questions by pointing residents to the appropriate agencies or entities for each problem.

"It is cost prohibitive," Commissioner Erick Coolidge said of the proposed state police surcharge, adding "it encumbers communities and is not a resolve to the communities."

Coolidge said increased patrols may become necessary as a result of the "element" that comes along with industries such as natural gas drilling, referring to the "roughnecks" who work the drills and require more "appropriate law enforcement." More....


Smokin Joe said...

So, what they are essentially saying is that the people who work for these companies are deviants. Therefore, we must give more money for increased police patrols and assume the cost of maintaining the roads. First, it's a stretch to lump all these rig workers in to one category and then surmise that they'll be trouble we'll have to prepare for. Second, COME ON, this is ALL you have to justify taking more of my money? Why not place this cost on the industry? The natural gas is here and you'd better believe they're going to get it...even if that means paying for police patrols and some type of a road tax that offsets the shortcomings of the DOT. It angers me to think we've elected such idiotic Commissioners.

Anonymous said...

deviants? We have a whole lot of them that have nothing to do with the industry! Have had for years!

Anonymous said...

I was impressed with Commissioner Coolige and his answers to drilling questions about road usage and water quality control by the County.Seems he knows what his job is,and what it isn't.This should be required reading for at least some of our Commissioners.