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* Washington County Board of Supervisors monthly meeting, Friday morning.

Top news 

* Karen Pratt, director of information technology for the county, announced a new state initiative to increase high-speed Internet access. Pratt said the University at Albany's Center for Technology in Government and the New York State Office of Cyber Security are asking all New York residents to test the speed of their Internet access by taking a speed test on www.nyspeedtest.org. The test will help the state map unserved and underserved areas. Supervisor Dana Haff worried that results from Hartford would be skewed because many residents only have dialup access, but Pratt said everyone is urged to take the speed test, even those with dialup service.

Other news 

* The board welcomed back Granville Supervisor Beverly Tatko, who has been absent from county meetings for the last few months because of an illness. Tatko wasted no time addressing her grievances with the 2011 preliminary budget, which calls for an 18 percent tax levy increase. Tatko said Granville is adopting a budget for next year that will lower taxes and said the county needs to tighten its belt. "If the towns lower taxes and then the county raised taxes that is just disgusting to us," she said. Cambridge Supervisor William "Beaver" Watkins asked when the county will start cutting down the budget. "At Tuesday's Finance Committee meeting," said Brian Campbell, the county budget officer. Tuesday's meeting starts at 1 p.m.

* The board scheduled the public hearing on the 2011 tentative budget to be held during the 2010 annual Board of Supervisors meeting at 10 a.m. Nov. 12 in the Board of Supervisors chambers.

Next meeting 

* Friday, Nov. 19 at 10 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors chambers.

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