Thursday, July 10, 2014
"No one ever hit him," she told me. "We all knew to watch for him and we drove slowly. He died of old age."
No one likes change. But I do wonder: can we save some of THIS before it's too late? Can local governments fund programs to purchase the development rights for farms like these?
Saratoga County used to do that, used to have a very successful Farmland and Open Space Fund. It conserved farmland, created trails, and protected natural areas.
Money troubles caused them to stop funding the program. But now the county's economic picture has changed. Money isn't so tight this year. I hope the supervisors bring back this program.
Because once all of this is gone, it won't ever be coming back. And I, for one, will sorely miss it.
I am asking for the support of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors for a modest investment of $500,000 in the Farmland and Open Space Fund in the county’s 2015 budget. Will you join me? Please call or email your town supervisor soon. They start putting the budget together in August. Thank you.