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National accolades for Saratoga shows current form of gov’t works

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National accolades for Saratoga shows current form of gov’t works Saratoga Springs is a wonderful and successful community, according to repeated praise in national and even international media. The city received positive coverage just this year from Travel+Leisure Magazine,, The Economist, The Christian Science Monitor, Huffington Post, and ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, NBC, The New York Times and additional publications. The head of the prestigious national American Planning Association added more praise ...

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October 10, 2012
8:56 p.m.

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RE: Sch'dy needs to become a consolidated county - Graham, I believe that you are correct with your comments, but probably will not realize your wish within your lifetime - regardless of your age. The mentality here among the populace does not agree with a consolidated form of government. People here prefer government the way it is, the way it has been since the 1700's and while they deny, they prefer the resulting high cost of taxes to support that form of government that is antiquated and out of date, as opposed to any alternative.

It is absolutely obvious to someone like me who has lived in and experienced many forms of municipal government, why Schenectady County is one of the highest taxed counties in the USA. For a county so small that can fit inside many cities, the duplication and replication of municipal services and the cost to deliver those services demonstrates exactly why Sch'dy needs to become a consolidated city-county.

But, local politics and community pride will probably prevent any discussion of consolidation, regardless of state incentives to push the locals that way. What will be the "cost of living breaking point" for those who want to live in Schenectady City/County but be forced to seek alternative places because they can no longer sustain the cost of living in a Schenectady, the city or the county?