Ed Randig is currently Code Enforcement Officer for the Town of Harrietstown. He previously served as Code Enforcement Officer for the Village of Saranac Lake. Recently the two municipalities have been considering sharing services and Code Enforcement duties between the village’s Community Development Office, where Jeremy Evans takes the helm and the Code Enforcement Office in the Town of Harrietstown. We spoke about Randig’s history in a recent interview with the candidate. He’s running for a seat on the Franklin County Legislature. The seat will be vacated by Tim Burpoe who decided to retire from public service. During our interview which aired Friday Morning on WNBZ, Randig highlights his priorities and suggests there are solutions to an apparent disconnect between The Town of Franklin, The Town of Harrietstown and the county seat which is located in the northern Franklin town of Malone.
In an interview with the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Randig says One way to clear budgetary hurdles is to increase the tax base. To accomplish that, Randig suggested going with what we already have. He also said hiring an outside agency to brainstorm ideas for the county could be a worthwhile investment.
“We already have some biotech, and it’s fairly low-scale in terms of what they’re doing, but the end result is good because there’s not a lot of impact on the environment, and they bring a lot of people in as far as employment is concerned,” Randig said. “As far as tourism is concerned, we’re in the Adirondacks. You have this beautiful forested area. We need to capitalize on that, whether they’re spending the weekend or spending their vacation here, that’s what brings revenue to the area.”
Randig said improving cellphone coverage by building more or taller towers would also attract more people and businesses.
Randig said he approves of a bed tax but is apprehensive about the 2 percent fuel oil tax in Franklin County. If elected, he said that’s something he’d try to get answers on.
“It’s not a lot of money, but I guess I would ask where that 2 percent goes for that every gallon,” Randig said. “If you look at Saranac Lake as a whole, and we’re pretty much all probably buying fuel oil to heat our home, where does that money go, how does it get distributed throughout the county, how is it being used? That would be the first thing I’d be concerned about.”
Randig also said he’s concerned that taxpayers in the southern end, who provide a majority of the county’s property tax revenue, aren’t benefiting from things purchased in the northern end.
Click the play button below to listen to our interview with Ed Randig on WNBZ..