County honors ex-MOSA board member

FONDA – The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors presented a plaque of gratitude to a longtime Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority board member on Tuesday.

Board Chairman John Thayer presented Olga Podmajersky of Fultonville a plaque to thank her for her work. Podmajersky was a MOSA board member for 12 years, representing Montgomery County. She took on many different roles while working for MOSA, and Thayer said her efforts were noticed and appreciated.

Podmajersky stepped down from her position March 26 due to “increased family responsibilities.”

She said she wishes she could complete her full term, but it is not possible.

“I got the chance to meet many people that I never would have met if it hadn’t been for MOSA,” she said while accepting her award.

In other business at Tuesday’s meeting, the Board of Supervisors:

  • passed a resolution supporting a state bill to reauthorize Montgomery County’s sales tax rate.

In 2003, the Legislature allowed the county to increase its sales tax by 1 percentage point, bringing the total sales tax rate to 8 percent.

Local officials say the increase has been critical to the county’s fiscal well-being.

The extention will expire on Nov. 30, 2013, according to the resolution passed Tuesday.

  • ?passed a resolution to oppose a bill in the state Legislature that would allow early voting. Supervisors said the longer voting period would create too much additional expense for the county.

“The 2 percent tax cap and insufficient relief from state-imposed mandates has placed an unprecedented strain on local governments to provide more services with less funding,” according to the resolution, which was sponsored by Thayer and Glen Supervisor Lawrence Coddington.