It will no doubt be easy to assign blame to the outgoing executive, as well, but let’s keep in mind that this dilemma has roots in higher halls of power.
State lawmakers are pointing the finger at the property taxes imposed by local governments while making little meaningful effort to pare down their own expenses. They’ve passed a tax cap that invariably demonizes politicians who deign to circumvent it and taken only a token and laughable stab at reducing state mandates.
There is, at nearly every level of government, an unsustainable system at play, and it’s come to a head in Albany County.
It would be refreshing for lawmakers (and, for that matter, the public) to use the public comment period on the county budget to step off the soapbox and take a long look at the big picture, and not just their pet issues.
Perhaps we could seriously analyze exactly what the county does well and whether it should continue to do the things it fails at, and at what cost.
It sounds a lot like a conversation homeowners might be forced to have once the tax bills show up.