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LOCAL NEWS

A-8 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2011

ONEIDA DAILY DISPATCH

County
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Resident Larry Bernholz
called the mayors effort to avoid
tax increases heroic. The
newest tax increase is the first of
many, he predicted. The city continues to lose its tax base and
industries that once helped fund
residents quality of life have
relocated and havent been
replaced.
He called the councils budget
priorities an effort to maintain a
law and order society where
public safety departments are top
priority for funding. Tired of the
hero worship of the citys police
officers and firefighters, Bernholz
said its time the council get reasonable.

Weve all been too greedy, he


said.
Recognizing that police officers and firefighters do a tough
job, he said they knew what they
were getting into when they took
the job, and have been well
compensated. He said he
believes tax increases will be a
way for the council to soften the
ground to make way for pay
hikes for public safety departments.
Cimpi defended the councils
actions, saying a lot of time was
spent formulating a fair budget.
He stressed that a gradual
increase in taxes will allow the
administration to avoid huge tax
hikes in the future. It was a priori-

ty of the council to use less of the


general fund in order to be financially responsible, he said. He
said the money is not being saved
for raises for public safety.
In other business, the council
approved:
A contract with PAC
10/PAC 99 for 2010-2012 in the
annual amount of $15,388.
A resolution to balance capital project accounts for the Justice Center construction project.
A temporary license agreement with National Grid to grant
access to the citys property in
order to conduct cleanup at the
Oneida-Sconondoa Manufactured
Gas Plant site.
A budget amendment to

reflect a $23,860 increase in


insurance recovery revenue.
The receipt of a letter from
Charles Dattelas, of Genesee
Street, requesting a zone change
and a recommendation from the
Planning Commission to deny his
request.
Budget transfers to move
money from contingency to cover the Police Departments Live
Scan contract, fire disability
retirement payments, the Higinbotham Dam assessment and
Kallet water and sewer payments
in the amount of $36,933, a
transfer from the health insurance account to retirement
accounts in the amount of
$28,116 and transfers from vari-

County management and confidential employee salaries


Management/confidential employee salaries for 2012 (including 3 percent raise):
County Attorney . . . . .$129,331
Admin. Assistant . . . . . .$87,676
Dir. Community Mental Health
Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$87,429
Supervising psych. . . . . .$75,565
Dir. Solid Waste Mgmt. .$75,179
1st Assist. District Atty. .$69,479
Probation Director II . . .$68,934
Planning Director . . . . .$67,480
Undersheriff . . . . . . . . . .$65,241
Dep. Comm. Admin. Serv.$65,117
Employment & Training Dir. II .
$64,916
Supervising Social Serv. Atty. . . .
$64,684
Highway Op. Manager . .$64,672
Dir. Envir. Health . . . . .$63,682
Building Maint. Super. .$62,229
Dep. Dir. Admin. Serv. .$61,390
Dir. Comm. Health Serv. $61,132
Dir. Admin. Serv. - DSS $60,337
Dir. Labor Relations . . .$60,273
Dep. Comm. Family Serv.$58,984
Dep. Comm. Fin. Aid . .$58,091
E911 Director . . . . . . . . .$57,062
Clerk Board Supervisors $56,971
Addictive Substance Dir. $55,891
Dep. Co. Highway Super.$55,856
Dir. Children w/ Special Needs
Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$54,793
Dep. Probation Director II . . . . .
$53,905

Dir. Admin. Serv. . . . . .$53,799


Dep. County Treasurer .$53,519
Corrections Captain . . .$53,505
Child Advocacy Center Dir. . . . .
$53,331
Dir. Admin. Serv. . . . . .$52,782
Social Services Atty. II .$52,782
Fire Coord./Emer. Prep. Dir. . . .
$52,472
Corrections Lieutenant .$50,957
Dir. Temp. Assist./Fin. Aid . . . .
$50,826
Dir. Child Support Enforcement/Fin. Aid . . . . . . . . . . .$50,826
Corrections Lieutenant .$49,939
Super. Central Serv. . . . .$49,727
Dep. County Treasurer .$48,657
Youth Bureau Dir. . . . . .$47,807
Assist. Dir. Admin. Serv. $47,464
Assist. Dir. Envir. Health$46,844
Assist. Dir. Admin. Serv.$46,844
2nd Assist. County Atty. $46,753
2nd Assist. District Atty. $46,753
Landfill Op. Manager . .$46,003
Assist. Dir. Admin. Serv.$45,964
1st Assist. County Atty. .$45,682
Deputy County Clerk . .$45,529
Deputy County Clerk . .$45,529
Confid. Sec. County Atty.$44,894
Assist. E911 Dir. . . . . . .$44,075
Labor Relations Technician . . . .
$43,678
Dir. of Vet. Serv. Agency$43,487
Personnel Technician II $42,736
Dir. Weights and Measurers . . . .
$39,960

Recycling Coordinator .$39,625


Confid. Sec. District Atty.$38,356
Assist. District Atty. - DWI Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$37,692
Records Mgmt. Coord. .$37,244
Confid. Sec. Comm. of Social Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$36,215
Confid. Sec. Board of Supervisors
$35,814
Personnel Associate . . . .$34,155
Personnel Associate . . .$33,862
Confid. Sec. to Sheriff .$33,862
Payroll Manager . . . . . . .$33,791
Confid. Sec. to the Dir. of Comm.
Mental Health Services . . .$33,369
5th Assist. District Atty. $31,827
Admin. Assist. District Atty. . . .
$31,827
Confid. Sec. Public Health. Dir. .
$30,653
Senior Election Clerk . .$30,328
Stop DWI Coordinator .$29,512
Payroll Specialist . . . . . .$29,163
Admin. Assist. County Atty. . . . .
$27,802
Payroll Specialist . . . . . .$27,802
Senior Election Clerk . .$27,802
4th Assist. District Atty. $25,463
County Historian . . . . . .$18,924
Confid. Sec. Clerk of Board . . . .
$16,115
Deputy Coroner . . . . . . .$6,550
Deputy Coroner . . . . . . . .$6,150
Deputy Coroner . . . . . . .$4,500
Coroner . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$4,500

Raises
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$1,000 tax rate. Tax rates
for other municipalities
vary depending on the taxable value for each town
and sales tax apportionment. Taking into consideration those variables,
tax rates range from $6.34
to $8.03 per $1,000 in
municipalities
outside
Oneida.
A resolution approving
a 3 percent raise for management and confidential
employees had bounced
around committees last
week but its path to the
full board was cut short
when the Government
Operations Committee
voted it down. Already
approved by the Finance,
Ways and Means Committee, Government Operations reconsidered the
raise prior to the full
board meeting Tuesday
morning, this time passing it.
Without discussion,
the board unanimously
acted to approve the 3
percent raise. Administrative Assistant Mark Scimone has called the raise
in line with salary
increases the remainder of
the countys workforce
has received through
union contracts. Management and confidential
employees did not receive
raises this year. Money
will be taken from the
countys contingency fund
to pay for the raises next
year.
In return, the countys
unions, specifically CSEA
white collar union, have
criticized the comparison,
saying
management
employees receive benefits that union workers
dont.
Management
employees do not contribute to their health
insurance benefits unless
they elect to participate in
family dental coverage.
CSEA blue and white collar units, New York State
Nurses Association and
Police Benevolent Association union members are
required to contribute 10
percent of the premium
for single health insurance
plans. For dependent coverage, union members pay

See Page A4 for a guest


column by Madison
County CSEA White
Collar Unit President
Russell Stewart.
40 percent of the premium for medical and 50
percent for dental.
Also included in the
adopted 2012 budget is an
increase in the countys
property tax rate.
In other business, the
board passed a resolution
to reduce the public
health directors pay as a
result of a lightened work
load once the certified
home health care agency
is privatized. To make up
for the job duties and pay,
the board also voted to
appoint the public health
director as the American
With Disabilities Act
coordinator and corporate
compliance officer.
The board is set to
meet again Dec. 28 at
10:30 a.m. and again on
Jan. 3 at 2 p.m. for the
State of the County
Address.

County property tax rates


Heres a list of property tax rates with the increase as
approved in the 2012 Madison County budget. Rates
may vary slightly.
Oneida . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7.51
Brookfield . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6.34
Cazenovia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7.93
Cazenovia Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7.93
DeRuyter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7.05
DeRuyter Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7.05
Eaton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6.34
Morrisville Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6.34
Hamilton Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6.34
Fenner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6.34
Georgetown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6.34
Hamilton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6.34
Hamilton Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6.34
Earlville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6.34
Lebanon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6.34
Canastota Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6.68
Wampsville Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6.68
Lenox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6.67
Lincoln . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6.66
Madison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$8.03
Madison Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$8.03
Hamilton Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8.03
Nelson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6.34
Smithfield . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6.34
Munnsville Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6.71
Stockbridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6.67
Chittenango Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7.44
Sullivan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7.43

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$36,754 to cover health insurance.
An amusement device
license application from Neils
Vending.
The council met in executive
session after the regular meeting
for the purpose of discussing
ongoing litigation.
Ward 5 Councilor Don Moore
was absent.
The council scheduled a meeting for Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. in anticipation of overriding the mayors
veto. A two-thirds vote will be
required.
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for Dec. 20 at 6
p.m. at City Hall.

Madison
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services and other avenues may be enough. I think it
would be poor advice not to explore all the opportunities that would be provided to the district.
He sees himself as a servant leader who works
with the community to further student achievement.
In response to a question about a policy of administrators being seen and accessible during the school day
as well as after hours, he said, Im a believer in that.
He said he likes to be proactive in interacting with
the students and parents.
My job becomes easier by creating relationships,
he said. I can avoid problems a lot easier if I have a
relationship with the person who is having the issue.
He emphasized he would attend student sports
games and be available after hours as much as possible.
One of his priorities is to develop a strategic plan
which serves as a common language to use when
hard decisions need to be made. A strategic plan
should involve the community so there is a basis for a
conversation tied to student achievement.
Dewey was asked whether his focus would be on college education and professional careers or on vocations for students.
I dont think that you can be at a school district
and ignore either of these two paths, he said. I think
its very important to understand that there will always
be a need for people in the trades. There is no value
difference there. That is of equal value in our society.
He noted that there is also a responsibility to make
students career-ready and college-ready.
An increase in the concurrent credit program with
local colleges will offer challenges to seniors and save
money in the long run as students go off to college, he
said, adding that some of the courses could be taken
online.
In the face of decreasing state aid and budget constraints, he said the upcoming year may be particularly
difficult, but its about how can we preserve programming?
Continuing to nurture student achievement and
weather the economic storm requires a good relationship with the community, he said.
The relationship has to be built on trust and it has
to be maintained, Dewey said. My interest, right off
the bat, is to get to know the community and the people within it.
He said he wants to listen and have an open door
policy to create lines of communication for people to
share their concerns.
Dewey has been employed by the Tompkins-SenecaTioga BOCES since 2007, serving as the principal of
career and technical education. Prior to that, he was
employed by Cornell University as the director of the
Cornell Agriculture Outreach and Education Program.
Dewey earned an associates degree from Alfred
State College and his bachelors degree from Empire
State College. He earned his masters degree in educational leadership from St. Bonaventure University
and completed the superintendent development program.
The school board is seeking to begin deliberations
on the candidates next week and make an appointment
of a new superintendent before the schools winter
break.
The second candidate, current Canastota High
School Principal Ed Rinaldo, was scheduled to attend
a forum Tuesday night.

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