This nine district map of Montgomery County was adopted by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. It determines the legislative boundaries for the charter form of government that will take effect Jan. 1, 2014.
By HEATHER NELLIS
Recorder News Staff
FONDA -- The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday adopted a nine-district map that will determine the legislative boundaries for the charter form of government that will take effect Jan. 1, 2014.
The board also established the salaries for the nine member legislature, its chairman, and the elected county executive. Per the resolution, legislators and chairman will be paid the same annual salary the supervisors receive, $10,000 and $15,000, respectively, and the executive will be paid $85,000.
The adopted map generally mirrors the one drawn and endorsed by the county Charter Commission, which wrote the charter adopted by county voters in November 2012.
Board Chairman and Root Supervisor John Thayer and county Senior Planner Doug Greene presented six revisions to the map during a special meeting Feb. 12. Those six changes moved roughly 200 residents to different districts, mostly city residents, while a change at Fort Plain moved three residents, and the last at Palatine Bridge moved another three.
The revisions were part of what Thayer described as a concerted effort to eliminate unnecessarily small election districts, because each has to be staffed with inspectors and provided with specific ballots.
At the special meeting, the board tabled the resolution adopting the map to wait for the city of Amsterdam to alter its ward boundaries to reflect population data changed under the 2010 U.S. Census. The city Common Council adopted the changes Feb. 19.
Since the city's action, Greene said he "polished" the maps to correct small items.
"There have been no other changes since the special meeting," Thayer said.
The map does not include the widespread changes proposed by Republican election Commissioner Terrance Smith, which caused some to cry foul and suspect political motivation.
In setting the salaries, there were some attempts Tuesday to pay the legislators more than the supervisors currently collect, but there wasn't enough support. Minden Supervisor Thomas Quackenbush proposed $15,000, and after that motion failed, Thayer proposed $12,500. That also failed.
"If you put this up for a referendum," said Amsterdam town Supervisor Thomas DiMezza said of the salaries, "I'd guarantee it would go down by 99 percent. Whether that $2,500 works out to pennies, it's going to be meaningful on someone's tax bill. It's shameful, damn it, and I can't agree with any raises like that."
The following is a general break down of the districts, according to the resolution:
* District No. 1: All of the town of St. Johnsville, the entirety of the town of Minden exclusive of the village of Fort Plain, and parts of the towns of Canajoharie and Palatine.
* District No. 2: Parts of the towns of Palatine, Canajoharie, Minden and Mohawk.
* District No. 3: Parts of the towns of Palatine, Canajoharie and Root.
* District No. 4: All of the towns of Glen and Charleston, and parts of Mohawk.
* District No. 5: All of the town of Florida, and parts of the city of Amsterdam and parts of the towns of Amsterdam and Mohawk.
* District No. 6: Part of the city of Amsterdam.
* District No. 7: Parts of the city of Amsterdam and parts of the town of Amsterdam.
* District No. 8: Parts of the city of Amsterdam and parts of the town of Amsterdam.
* District No. 9: Parts of the city of Amsterdam and parts of the town of Amsterdam.
To see a copy of the adopted map, check this story online at www.recordernews.com, or visit the county's website at co.montgomery.ny.us.