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* Saratoga County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday afternoon

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* Supervisors unanimously approved a local law that will allow certain county employees to retire early without penalty as part of a state plan intended to alleviate pension costs. The program allows employees who are at least 55 years old and have at least 25 years of service to retire early without penalty. Typically, employees have to earn 30 years of service before they can retire. Saratoga County officials estimate as many as 70 eligible employees will take advantage of the program, which could save the county around $600,000 in pension contributions. As many as 15 positions could also be left unfilled, cutting payroll costs. Employees have until the end of the year to decide whether they will retire early.

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* Supervisors unanimously agreed to a three-year, $63,840 lease agreement with a Ballston Spa storage business to store new electronic voting machines. The county will have the option of terminating the lease after one year. The contract had been proposed in July but was tabled as officials considered whether county-owned space at the Northumberland landfill could be used to store the new machines. Officials determined an engineering study had to be done before that space could be deemed adequate. The county has 250 new voting machines that will be used for the first time in the September primary.

* Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution allowing officials with the Saratoga County Sewer District to declare an emergency so a new transformer could be purchased without the competitive bid process that is typically required. The decision was made because the equipment, which failed in early July, is needed within weeks. Sewer officials cannot spend more than $49,479 on the equipment.

Next meeting

* 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21 in the Saratoga County building, 40 McMaster St., Ballston Spa.

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