Hanging Around: Looks like Oneida County is going $6.4 million in debt to construct another hangar at the new County Airport in the "hope that revenue from renting out the offices and hangar space will help pay for the new borrowing." Hope? Help? Didn't they do a market study to show it would be self-sustaining? This is just what the county needs: more debt while its population continues to dwindle ... and the hope that things turn out right. Sounds like "a dollar and a dream" doesn't it? Don't expect taxes to go down any time soon.
Herkimer County Corrections: Herkimer County will be constructing a new jail on Route 28 at a cost of $30 million and raise it's sales tax 1/4% to pay for it. This seems rather burdensome for a county that only has 64,000 people (and declining) -- almost $470 per person. Meanwhile, Oneida County has LOST considerably more than the entire population of Herkimer County (i. e., it lost 85,000 people) since 1970 (even more if you exclude the state prisoners from the population count). Why is no one talking "consolidation" here? Oneida County has a nice jail -- Why not let Herkimer County buy into it? More debt and an increased sales tax do nothing to make Herkimer County more attractive to people and jobs. And Oneida County could certainly use some help in the form of more people to share its costs.. . . . Or are county leaders on both sides insistent on "having their own?" When is the taxpayer going to be thought of? When will our leaders get serious about making this region more hospitable?
Newsless in New Hartford: Can't comment very well on the New Hartford News because the paper didn't publish anything today about the Town's "informational" and Town Board meetings last night -- which we understand were quite informative -- but not in the way that Town leaders had planned. Seems that the Town Highway Superintendent may have placed the Town in a bind by leasing certain equipment a few months back without Board approval . . . but then again, with this Town Board's penchant for making decisions in casual conversations rather than open debate at an official meeting, perhaps none was thought necessary? Anyway, New Hartford Online blog has all the details. We can only speculate why this story did not warrant coverage by the O-D, since a reporter was present.