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Spa Co. Prosperity Partnership would boost development

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Spa Co. Prosperity Partnership would boost development Winston Churchill once said, "To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often." The Saratoga County Board of Supervisors is taking badly needed steps to reorganize our county's traditional approach to economic development. A more competitive environment statewide and even within the Capital Region demands that we rethink the old ways of doing things. We agree wholeheartedly with a sentiment expressed in The Gazette's April ...

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April 24, 2014
11:33 a.m.

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Most parts of NYC sit on a wetland that requires pumps running 24/7 to keep water out of subways, and other buildings. It costs a huge amount of money each year to constantly unclog the pumps & lines when these cheap plastic bags get sucked into drainage and sewage systems. These bags are tossed aside with no regard for where they end up and it is an expense that has to be passed on to taxpayers with higher city maintenance costs every year in their budget. I find several of them in my bushes every year up here in the 'burbs, so I can't imagine how many of them are floating around a big city. Perhaps this bag fee will deter people from accepting these cheap bags and carry their own, and merchants will not have to use so many of them that end up in landfills, sewage systems, or strewn all over the landscape. Is it a bit of a money grab? Perhaps. I also see it as a bit of social engineering to get consumers to stop accepting so much waste that all of us have to pay for when it needs to be disposed of later on.

April 24, 2014
12:07 p.m.

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James Bell: There's one important fact that you left out. The bill stipulates that the retailer keeps the 10 cent fee, not the city. This is not a cash-raising scheme by the city government. If the city received the money it would be a tax. This is not a tax. It is intended to reduce the cost of handling these bags by discouraging their use. Many other cities and states have enacted this exact legislation.

April 25, 2014
7:20 a.m.

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Ronzo, you mean like the NY tire fee where every new car in NYS is charged $12.50 and if they dispose of a tire there is no charge. But wait, in order to dispose of a tire you have to replace it and a new charge. Hmmmm