WGXC-90.7 FM

Legislature approves college budget, EMS pact

Aug 22, 2013 6:39 am
Kyle Adams is reporting in The Daily Mail the Greene County Legislature Wed., Aug. 21, approved Columbia-Greene Community College’s $17.4 million 2013-2014 budget. A public hearing preceded the vote. The budget was approved by the college’s Board of Trustees in June and by the Columbia County Board of Supervisors Aug. 14. CGCC President James Campion thanked Wayne Speenburgh and the legislators for supporting the school's mission. He said, “We...look forward to delivering the high-quality programs that they expect of us.” The approved budget increases spending by just over 3 percent and tuition by 4.4 percent. In other business, the Legislature also gave to the go-ahead to ink a deal between the county and Greene County Emergency Medical Systems, Inc. and solve an unexpected workers’ compensation glitch. The Legislature agreed to amend its contract with the paramedics to pay an additional $40,000 in the next budget cycle to help offset $82,000 unexpectedly incurred in workers’ compensation coverage earlier this year. Catskill Legislator Vincent Seeley was the lone dissenting vote on the agreement, calling it a mini bailout. He said the group should not rely on the government to resolve the problem. He said, “I’m just trying to be responsible with county money.” Read both stories in The Daily Mail.