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Town's deficit info sessions wind down

Jack Van Wie, a Latham resident, said he thought the note cards allowed the supervisor and comptroller to maintain a level of structure during the presentation.

I've been tired of the political fighting that's been going on for months ever since the supervisor came in, he said. "After the first night, the second time around and the third time around they started reading each and every card.

If anything, the supervisor has maintained a professional approach to things [and] eliminated the political garbage."

Van Wie said he had attended at least three of the meetings, but after the first, he was not going to watch the presentation " he was going to watch the residents.

"I was interested in initially seeing what the supervisor had to say and wanted to see what the general reaction has been," he said. "At this point, I think she's been very tactful at how she's approached the subject; she was trying to keep the whole process constructive."

Van Wie said he realized the residents were not going to understand all the details but wanted to hear what they had to say about certain aspects of the town's financial plan, such as the one-time tax.

What he found was that "the one-time tax tended to stir the pot."

"People are in denial over what has happened in the past because they ignored maybe some of the responsibilities, and I found the meetings to be really something to help the town move on," Van Wie said.

One thing about the tax that was brought to Van Wie's attention through the meetings was the notion that some residents felt the cap on the one-time tax, which would stop even wealthier homeowners from paying over a certain amount, should be removed from the plan " something the supervisor promised to look into.

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