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Wayne Post
  • Chairman’s report — Around the county

  • An audit report of Wayne County recently released by the State Comptroller stated the County had $59.2 million in unassigned fund balance at the end of 2011. However, the County had $48.7 million at the end of 2012.  Half of the $48.7 was accumulated before the audit period (2007-2011). Some of that $48.7 million will...
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  • An audit report of Wayne County recently released by the State Comptroller stated the County had $59.2 million in unassigned fund balance at the end of 2011. However, the County had $48.7 million at the end of 2012.  Half of the $48.7 was accumulated before the audit period (2007-2011). Some of that $48.7 million will be allocated this year to keep a stable tax rate; this was done in six of the seven previous years when the County tax rate was lowered.
    Wayne County has remained under the State mandated tax cap. The tax cap limits the amount of taxes a municipality can collect based on a formula.  According to the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, 23 percent of municipalities will exceed the tax cap this year.   
    Coincidentally, the State Comptroller issued a warning this month to local governments to prepare for fiscal stress. Given the poor economy and the history of state government passing the cost of state programs to counties, Wayne County is in a better financial position than many other local governments. Several downstate localities have borrowed money just to maintain operations.
    On another County issue, the Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District Water Quality Hotline is now activated providing information about the Aquatic Vegetative Control Program, also known as weed harvesting. Call the hotline, (315) 759-3097, for harvester location changes and updates for significant water quality information. The hotline is an automated message center. You can speak to a technician by calling 946-4136. The weekly plan for weed harvesting can be found at  www.waynecountynysoilandwater.org.
    On April 29, lakeshore Supervisors and Sodus Point Mayor, Chris Tertinek, met to continue discussions regarding the International Joint Commission’s (IJC) plan to change the regulation of the levels of Lake Ontario. The IJC began promoting plan Bv7 last year. The IJC is now promoting an “Adaptive Management Plan” which does not address the concerns previously articulated about Bv7 by us and other counties. The Bv7 plan calls for the lake to be higher for longer periods and lower for longer periods of time; which is believed to be detrimental to Wayne County waterfront properties. More on this topic is forthcoming.
    On April 30, I attended the Greater Rochester Area Active Transportation Symposium in Rochester. This event consisted of a variety of presentations on the potential impact of “Active Transportation” (biking, walking and mass transit) on our communities in terms of health, safety, economic stability and infrastructure spending. Active Transportation is playing a greater role in transportation policy making at the state and federal level.
    Newark-Wayne Community Hospital has emerged as a hospital of choice in our region. In 2012, the number of emergency room visits increased to 23,300; however the facility was only designed to handle 11,000 patients per year. A new emergency room opened at the hospital on April 24th which can accommodate 36,000 patient visits annually.
    Page 2 of 2 - More recently the OB/GYN physician team at Finger Lakes Medical Associates announced they are moving deliveries and surgeries from Geneva General Hospital to Newark Wayne. The OB/GYN physicians joining Newark Wayne will bring an approximate 500 additional deliveries to Newark, which will increase the annual number of deliveries to approximately 900, making Newark Wayne the largest provider of OB/GYN services in the Finger Lakes.
    If you want to know how well the hospital is responding to the medical needs of our community just ask the many Emergency Medical Services personnel who care for and transport citizens to the Emergency Department every day. We have a hospital staffed by the best medical professionals at every level. We have a lot to be proud of and thankful for when it comes to Newark Wayne Community Hospital!

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