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McCoy proposes 9 percent tax levy

County plan would privatize nursing home; add to workforce

— To override the tax cap, two-thirds of the 39 county legislators will need to approve of the plan.

“I know that every dollar counts and I submit this budget pledging to continue to work to streamline government and create greater efficiencies without compromising or sacrificing programs and services that protect and serve the people of Albany County,” McCoy wrote within his proposal.

County Legislature Chairman Shawn Morse said he is not sure how he feels about the proposal to privatize the nursing home and has questions he wants answered before making a decision. He said he thinks many others within the County Legislature feel the same way.

“I believe the county government has a mission to care for the poorest people who have no other means,” he said. “If not for us, where would they go?”

Morse said if Upstate Service Group guarantees to meet the same mission as that of the county, than he would not be opposed to the plan. But if not, he would look at cutting further programs to help fund construction of a new nursing home.

“There is not an easy answer, but if I’m not comfortable I won’t support it,” he said. “We may have to work to cut something that is viewed as important to find the money, but in my mind it might not be as important as the nursing home.”

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