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County plows ahead with fuzzy math

October 18, 2012
The Leader Herald

It was reported the Fulton County highway superintendent is cutting the winter highway contract with the town of Broadalbin, and by doing so will save the county $30,000 to $40,000 per year.

Now, if the county can do these extra 14.4 miles for that much less, then why have the taxpayers of the county been paying the town of Broadalbin almost 50 percent more than the county could do the work for? If the county can do the roads that much cheaper, then why are we paying the towns about 50 percent more than what the county can do the work for?

The answer is that when the county was doing all the county roads, the county highway department had about 35 employees, and now they have about 12 employees.

Why is it that the price of these contracts with the towns has not increased in five or more years?

I guess the county highway superintendent believes the towns have not had to pay for higher wages, fuel and insurance, and if the town had to purchase a new plow to do the work, the town could purchase that new plow for the same price they paid in 2006.

The Board of Supervisors just cannot understand what this situation is, and that the county highway superintendent is either spending too much for the contracts with the towns or he is out of touch with the real world - as are many of our supervisors.


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