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Cobleskill should resist chicanery to balance next year's budget

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Desperate for revenue to avoid a 10 percent property tax hike, Cobleskill Mayor Mark Galasso has come up with a seemingly perfect end-run to offset a budget shortfall: jack up water and sewer taxes, which the village’s otherwise-tax-exempt institutions, including SUNY-Cobleskill and Cobleskill Regional Hospital, have to pay, and skim $500,000 from their coffers to pay for general fund services like police protection. The strategy isn’t a great one, and not just because it may ...


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