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GIAMBRA'S PLAN TO PARE TOWN SERVICES IS WRONG

The current musings coming from the county executive and his budget director regarding reductions in vital services to town residents are as revealing as they are alarming. To suggest that one municipality benefits at the expense of another serves only to reinforce competition between towns. These are the same towns to which the county executive pitches regionalism.

In 2004, not one inch of blacktop has been put down in the Town of Elma on county roads. Should Elma seek a credit from the county for this lack of service?

If these budget cuts are the county executive's attempt to gain support for a sales tax increase, or to draw attention to Medicaid reform, the tactic was not well thought out. Perhaps the county should look at the problems in its own house before reaching in to the pockets of towns that have had a record of fiscal responsibility.

Dean S. Puleo

Lackawanna

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