Flood Bills Being Fought - February 5, 2010

Officials in Capital Region counties said Thursday they will fight first-time ever bills they have received from the cash-strapped Hudson River-Black River Regulating District for the benefit of flood control.The regulating district sent the bills after it lost $4.5 million, about 80 percent, of its income when a federal court ruled last year it could no longer tax the operating costs of power plants located at its dams.

“We couldn’t get the money from the usual place. We had to do an appraisal to see who benefits,” Glenn LaFave, the district’s executive director, said Thursday.Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties have been billed. Albany, Rensselaer and Saratoga counties plan to take action against the district’s decision.

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