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Weekend in review

Oct 14, 2013 6:16 am
Some of the stories that made the news, Oct. 11 to Oct. 14:

Joe Gentile is reporting in the Register Star the Columbia County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously last week to sell the county's Certified Home Health Agency to Buffalo-based WILLCARE for $75,000. The action came one year after the board’s Finance Committee rejected the company’s previous bid of $150,000 for the agency. Supervisors voted against the Buffalo-based home health care group last year after the proposal met with resistance from local clients and agency nurses. County records show the agency lost on average almost $750,000 each year, for the last two years. WILLCARE is currently in the process of acquiring Greene County’s Certified Home Health Agency. Read the full story in the Register Star.

Jim Planck reported in the Windham Journal an entry error made last year in computing the taxes for the Hunter-Tannersville Central School District by a BOCES (BO-sees) employee has translated into an average tax spike of 14 to 16 percent for property owners in the town of Lexington. The clerical error by an Otsego-Northern Catskills BOCES employee resulted in Lexington properties being undertaxed, while parcels in the towns of Hunter and Jewett were overtaxed. A BOCES spokesman expressed his regret for the error at a recent meeting of the Hunter-Tannersville Board of Education. He said a lesson was learned in "communication." BOCES was informed of the $92,000 error in Nov., 2012; the school board only learned of the mistake three weeks ago. Read the full story in the Windham Journal.

The Register Star reported New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says some military veterans who qualify for a special tax break have been wrongly steered away from the program by ill-informed local officials. Schneiderman's office says it is alerting municipal tax authorities that veterans of recent wars are entitled to the state's 15 percent property tax exemption. Combat veterans can get another 10 percent exemption. Veterans who served in the last 23 years are eligible, including people who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.