Supervisors freeze their salary levels

JOHNSTOWN – Fulton County’s 20 supervisors decided to keep their 2014 salaries at the 2013 levels.

The Board of Supervisors voted last week to adopt an $85.3 million 2014 county budget. The board also set board members’ salaries for next year.

The board chairman earns $9,880 annually, and the other 19 members earn $7,505 annually.

County supervisors are paid in biweekly installments.

Town supervisors also receive salaries from their towns.

The 2014 county budget includes an average property tax-rate decrease of 6.3 percent.

In other county board business last week:

Supervisors abolished the secretary to the chairman position in the Board of Supervisors office.

County Administrative Officer Jon Stead reviewed staffing in the board office and recommended the vacant, full-time secretary position be abolished.

For what it indicated were “reasons of efficiency and economy” – and upon Stead’s recommendation – the board abolished the position, effective immediately. The job used to pay $35,249 annually.

The board accepted the county’s Committee on Equalization report, which is forwarded every year at this time to the state Board of Real Property Services. The committee, which is composed of members of the board’s Finance Committee, reported it examined the assessment roll of the county’s municipalities. The total real property assessed in the county is $2.5 billion.

State equalization rates contained in the report for Fulton County’s cities and towns were as follows: city of Gloversville – 105 percent; city of Johnstown – 73 percent; Bleecker – 100 percent; Broadalbin – 92 percent; Caroga – 46 percent; Ephratah – 79 percent; town of Johnstown – 79 percent; Mayfield – 75 percent; Northampton – 68 percent; Oppenheim – 57 percent; Perth – 61 percent; and Stratford – 100 percent.

Board Chairman William Waldron reported Fulton County’s take from the Capital District Off-Track Betting Corp.’s handle is up by $15,000 over the county’s projected OTB budget for 2013.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at