Lewis County Residents Concerned About Proposed Building
One by one, Lewis County residents stood up and voiced their concerns.
Watson resident Judi Houppert said she was there to express her "concern on how the money's being spent in the county."
"It tells me there's a lot of concerned citizens with the amount of money they're going to spend and where they're coming up with this money," Lowville resident Greg Kulzer said of Tuesday night's turnout.
County legislators are considering building a new office building that would house many county services.
The price tag is roughly $11 million. It would be paid for in part by the state and money from the local wind farm, but taxes would go up.
It would cost the average homeowner about $14 more in taxes a year for 10 years.
Legislators were accused of having already made up their minds, but board chairman Mike Tabolt says that's not the case.
"The board has been all over," he said. "We talk of renting, we talk of repairing the other buildings.
"It's ongoing, every day," he said.
"So to say we've made up our mind -- it'd be nice if we did have a clear-cut path, but at this point, we don't."
It's unclear how the legislators will move forward.
Many residents are urging them to take their time making a decision.
Friday, December 9, 2016, Watertown, NY
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