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COUNTY: Budget plan far from perfect

October 8, 2013

The 2014 Chautauqua County budget has plenty of reminders that there is still much work to be done next year. County Executive Greg Edwards presented the Chautauqua County Legislature a $230....

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Oct-08-13 9:52 AM

There should be NO employee increases of any kind. Everything should be frozen indefinitely. Given the current conditions they should be grateful they have a job. Actually there should be employee cuts. The budget should be bare bones. I found it curious that Edwards put in IGT money when he wants to and has a buyer for the County Home.

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Oct-08-13 8:42 PM

"Legislators' first easy call was to recommend cutting more than $1M in IGT funds for the CCH?"

Really. Is the home already sold? What happens if there aren't enough votes to approve the sale?

Maybe the CCH will sell for a lot less once it's shut down when the bills can't be paid b/c the CCLeg didn't properly funded it from the start.

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Oct-09-13 9:21 AM

The Observer shows in microcosm what is wrong in America in macrocosm. Why did people arrive in america ? Bad weather and hunger in europe and america was the land of little taxes. Europeans could not believe their ears when told of the low tax burden an american would pay. A farm with 8 horses would pay 12 bucks a year ! Thats it folks. business taxes were virtually non existant. This blows the progressives like judeye and cronig right out of the water. It was not the govt that made america. it was rugged individualism, so very much hated by the liberals.there was no conscription, no political police, unlike the libs now who cry racism at every turn.This was all read in the form of letters , sent home to europe by settlers. wages were high too ! When did the degradation start ? When wilson signed the underwood tarifff and said business men were to become clever. they did and started at least thinking moving the jobs offshore. Progressives messing it up again, judeye.

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Oct-09-13 1:23 PM

hey libs, see the book, history of the american people by paul johnson. It is a huge eye opener. Very blunt on how america was founded and the idealolgy behind it. You will not believe what is in the book. Direct quotes sbout taxes, slavery, etc. Read especially the various generals quoted.Even good ole George Washington. You wont believe what he thought and said. they were like patton in the 40's.

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Oct-09-13 2:37 PM

And yet those very same rugged individuals who tamed the frontier were the first to push for and organize local government. In fact, they were anxious to do so. Try reading Andrew Young's History of Chautauqua County instead of listening to faux news.

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Oct-09-13 9:59 PM

When my company was in trouble I took pay cuts - several of them as high as 12%. In addition my benefits were reduced or eliminated. I know it sounds insensitive but government must reduce payroll. Pay cuts and job eliminations through attrition are a necessary fact of life. Yes, there will be screaming and hollering from employees, union leaders and a few department heads but the fact is that it is the only answer that makes any sense.

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