County officials cleared in review
by Christopher Crosby, Staff Writer Sun Journal Dec. 12, 2014
PARIS — An Albany Township resident who requested county officials clarify why taxes spiked dramatically said he's satisfied those funds were properly awarded for construction projects.
In a meeting Thursday morning with Oxford County Administrator Scott Cole and road agent Todd Sawyer, longtime lawyer and Albany Township resident Jeffrey Rosenblatt said he was confident public officials showed due diligence when they devised a master plan to upgrade 56 miles of road in the unorganized territory.
The work saw capital improvement expenditures soar $300,000 in a single year, with taxes rising 17 percent. Coupled with state increases, total taxes in the UTs grew about 35 percent in one year, which was wildly unpopular with residents, who Rosenblatt said could ill afford a rate hike.
“It came as a shock,” Rosenblatt said.
In what county officials treated as a Freedom of Access Act request, Thursday's inspection, which amounted to a detailed conversation with little auditing of the county's books, gave a blow-by-blow account of how officials plan, solicit and award work for the unorganized territories.
UTs have no local municipal government and rely upon the county to provide basic services such as road repair, plowing and levying property taxes. Cole said he was more than happy to comply with the request.
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