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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Hear the rowers roar Dec. 3

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Hear the rowers roar Dec. 3

In today’s Post Star by Drew Kerr the Saratoga Rowing Association will be heard by the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors Dec. 3 during a public hearing about the $240 million dollar budget of which the SRA has requested $30,000 for a permanent timing tower and equipment.

The initial request was declined, but the organization has the opportunity to have their voice heard on Dec. 3 before the Dec. 10 deadline date for the budget to be adopted.

The shock is the reasoning by one of the supervisors, Art Johnson, who apparently has a “one and done” rule for budget requests.

In the Post Star today written by Drew Kerr…

“Wilton Supervisor Art Johnson, who chairs the Law and Finance Committee that considered the request, said though the economic impact was considered, he did not support the request because the county has funded the association in the past. The county gave the association more than $20,000 in 2005 to help purchase docks and to prepare for the 2006 national tournament.

"You just can't keep coming back year after year," Johnson said. "There has to be an end to it at some point. Their application has merit, but there comes a time where you just have to say no."

The rowing association's request was one of four pleas for funding made to the county, none of which was added to the county's budget.
Other requests came from a teen help hot line, the Moreau Civic Center and the Saratoga Springs City Center.

Funding for the requests -- which totaled around $164,000 -- would likely have come from the county's surplus, which is expected to total a little less than $30 million next year.”

“You can’t come back year after year…” I guess this is another example of the Wilton supervisor being unable to add..Money in 2005 now asking for money in 2009…how many years is that in-between…

Now at what point aren’t you supposed to be shaking your head that this wasn’t a good move by the supervisors.

Yes, a 20,000 investment in 2005 brought the Scholastic Rowing Nationals to Fish Creek on Memorial Day weekend, one of the biggest times to exit the Spa City, not be drawn to it.

The Wilton Supervisor, the fiefdom of big box retailers that have helped bankroll a portion of the county’s surplus, much more than compared to the bankrupt NYRA organization and potentially disappearing VLT revenues, is still not willing to dole out ½ of one-percent of the counties surplus to support four different requests and support having the event return every four years.

Who knows, the Saratoga County supervisors may be right, you can’t ask for money year after year, but please, host these nationally recognized regattas on our waterways, fill our hotels, promote our area, increase our sales tax and bed tax…Now that’s good business! For them.

The public hearing is scheduled for 5:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3.

To read the Post Star story click here.

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