Measure to save taxpayer money tabled indefinitely

By Julianne Peixoto

August 14, 2014 Updated Aug 14, 2014 at 11:45 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A proposal that would have saved Broome County taxpayers $200,000 a year has been tabled.

And there is no schedule for if or when it'll resurface.

Broome Legislator Jason Garnar proposed reducing the number of deputy county executives from three positions to one, and a committee of the Broome County Legislature met Thursday evening to consider moving the issue forward.

Garnar wanted to put the issue before voters in November to make the change permanent, but those in opposition argued the average voter doesn't know enough about the deputy executive position to make an educated vote on the matter.

"The President of the United States has one vice president. I think the county executive should have one deputy county executive," said Garnar. "I don't think anyone in Broome County has noticed any changes."

County Executive Debbie Preston has been operating with one deputy since May -- following the departure of Bijoy Datta -- and chose to keep the seat vacant through the rest of the year.

"You don't need a referendum," said Legislative Chairman Jerry Marinich. "You have your referendum in your legislators to do the responsible job, as budget managing policy makers"

The proposal has been tabled indefinitely.

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