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Should Fulton County explore the possibility of consolidating water and sewer services in the county into one county-run operation?

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BEREAL64

May-01-13 5:09 PM

There are areas in the county that have hard water, sulfur water and water with substantial sediment. The value of those properties increases with reliable water and sewer sources. This could be the first step in consolidating school systems, governments and general services like public works. We have less than 60,000 people in the county but we have enough government and school administration for 500,000. We need to be attractive to outside sources so they will want to invest in our communities. Streamlining our overhead and maximizing our resources is a good start.

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TiredOfTax

May-01-13 7:48 PM

Gloversville water department makes money, they will not share it but they get it. There is going to be a huge need for new water lines and the expense is going to be large. But the countryside has little to do with public water or sewage, why would they want to join something that will add cost without benefit? Merge the cities, great. County wide? Doubt it will work!

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MrBoB51

May-02-13 7:36 AM

I assume this effects only residents of G'ville and J'town and not the entire County.(?) So, bottom line...who pays the bill, the whole county or just the users of the service? Unless I missed it, the LH should explain the rational behind the question.

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DaveGibson

May-02-13 12:02 PM

I think a study is warranted. However, I'm suspicious after Fulton County ran water and sewer out to FMCC and BOCES and called it Fulton County Water and Sewer District Number 1.

Running water outside of city limits has historically been detrimental to the cities. They've allowed the development of businesses outside city limits, destroying their own businesses. If Fulton County was a donut, Gloversville would be the hole.

Any future extensions of city owned services must include revenue sharing agreements with the municipalities involved.

I don't know about Fulton County, but when I lived in Saratoga Springs, I had to pay a sewer tax when a sewer district was formed in my neighborhood, even though I wasn't connected to it.

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MrBoB51

May-04-13 10:08 AM

Dave..question. Were you hooked up to an existing sewer/water line already and had to pay an additional tax or are you on your own well/septic system and have to pay the tax even if you do not use the service? If it's the latter, I can see where this is going.

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TiredOfTax

May-05-13 7:42 AM

Dave, "I had to pay a sewer tax when a sewer district was formed in my neighborhood, even though I wasn't connected to it." This is all part of the NEW New York, as part of the new NY you get to pay a share in the business expenses. The schools off the beaten track needs sewer and water... taxpayer pays. You have a septic system on your own land that you built, paid for yourself and maintain... so what you still have sewage, fair or not pay the same sewage tax as everyone else... it is not a fair plan to tax everyone to pay what the gatherers choose to spend it on. It is also the new track of our country, where only a few need to work to supply everything to the many as they simply cannot do for themselves... it just wouldn't be fair to them to force them to work.

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ishouldknow

May-06-13 11:12 AM

Yes, then all of the county can help pay for the $15million Sacandaga park sewer and water project.

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Stackrat

May-07-13 9:29 AM

If you like the smell and taste of copius amounts of Chlorine, jump on board. Paying for it is just an added bonus!

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