July 3, 2007

That is absolutely nothing like a plan another candidate just put up

Sweetland has put forth his 9 point plan to save the county. If you actually click the link, you should note that the 2nd point should say "show" fiscal impact, and not "slow" fiscal impact as Syracuse.com was good enough to type.

A lot of it has to do with setting limits on spending. And then there's the interesting stuff. Webcasting budget hearings, online satisfaction surveys. These would be good for open government, which is a plus, but I'm not sure how many would tune in. Applying surplus over the 10% county policy to tax relief. Hmm, I thought I heard something like that before... (coughs the words "Ed Ryan"). But didn't Pirro himself call such a thing reckless?

And of course there's the proposal that all non-mandated (by the state) programs expire after 4 years and have to be renewed. According to the post-standard, Ed Ryan, and Sweetland's own party member Joanie Mahoney, "non-mandated" includes a hell of a lot of services, including the Sheriff's office. Call me crazy, but I think we should be able to agree we need a Sheriff's office.

Kudo's to Joanie by the way, for asking where exactly this plan has been all the time Dale's been in county government. Ed Ryan for his part called the plan non-specific, while Bill Magnarelli again said that property tax relief is important but we need to spend on job creation. Someone needs to give Bill's record a nudge, he seems to be stuck.

Finally, I would like to point out that Dale wants all legislation to show fiscal impact, but when asked did not put a dollar figure to the "potential savings" of his plan.

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