To fill the fiscal void, the district chose to begin billing the communities downstream of the Conklingville Dam on the Great Sacandaga, claiming they benefited most directly from the district's services. In 2010, those counties Under Armour Clutchfit Drive On Feet
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"We feel this whole situation is unfair to counties and our taxpayers," Danaher said.
The deal follows a $3.2 million settlement between Albany County and the district approved Monday. Reportedly, the settlement has taxpayers there paying $1.2 million, the first of three payments, to be followed by $1.03 million every year until 2018. Both deals appear to be part of a broader settlement achieved after a late January meeting in Johnstown between the district and the counties.
Reflecting that sentiment, Danaher said: "We would hope this state would look at this entire issue and enact reforms that protect counties and taxpayers from a similar situation."
River watershed could no longer bill the downstream hydroelectric companies that benefited from the district's operations, as had been its practice since its establishment in the 1920s.
Speaking for the legislature, Philip J. Danaher, vice chairman of the finance committee, said it was not a measure the county wanted to approve, but did so to avoid putting the county in jeopardy of a larger settlement.
Because the operations of the HRBRRD benefit a large swath of the state, Jimino believes the district's operating costs should be assessed at the state level, and is looking to jumpstart a bill that has stalled in the state legislature.
Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Washington, and Warren received a $4.45 million bill for the regulating district's operating costs.
"We'd like it to be zero and think that is what is Under Armour Curry 1 Lux Mid - Men's a fair assessment," said County Executive Kathy Jimino. "We're viewing this as another state cost that is being shifted onto the backs of the county taxpayers and another way for the state to push its burdens onto the county." Under Armour Shoes Kemba Walker
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TROY The Rensselaer County Legislature unanimously approved a settlement deal Tuesday night with the Hudson River/Black River Regulating District, the second step in resolving a drawn out legal struggle between five local counties and the flood regulating body that has been seeking compensation from them for its services.
Arguing that the bill was illegal, the counties sued the district, but the Supreme Court and a lower level appeals court both ruled that the district had the right bill the counties. However, the courts also ruled that part of the area benefiting from the district was state owned land, thus the state was liable for part of the bill. After lengthy discussions, the state's share was set at 22 percent.
The district had been seeking $10.8 million from all five counties for bills from the 2010 and 2011 fiscal years, but after long negotiations, that figure has been reduced to $3.5 million. Of that, Rensselaer will be paying $634,102 with annual assessments of $542,447 through 2018, down from an initial annual assessment of $1.2 million.
The county will not, initially, be under fiscal stress, due to having budgeted $1.2 million in preparation for the possibility of the assessment.
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