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Stockport residents protest, demand change

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STOCKPORT, N.Y. – The unrest continues in the small town of Stockport, where $250,000 recently disappeared from the town budget and now new water woes have residents protesting.

"We have kicked, screamed and held countless debate's demanding they find another way to balance this budget. Guess what! It's time for us to get LOUDER!!" said the protests' Facebook event page.

"We need to gather in force, hand-in hand and make a much larger statement to let the world and community know our leaders have failed us," said the page. "Bring your own signs, here are some examples of what they can say, make your own- be creative, let your thoughts be seen and heard."

Here are the sign quote suggestions posted on the Facebook page:

  • You can balance the budget and keep Mike McCagg! We have the proof!
  • Wheres the missing money?
  • Why is the drinking water brown?
  • Why do the hydrants spew crap?
  • Why does Dick Novack work for 2 towns?
  • Why are we eating your botched budget
  • Hey Norma! How was the water?

In October, a private firm revealed in an audit that the county's smallest town of 2,800 people was missing the money from its budget.

The current Stockport Town Supervisor, Matt Murell, ordered an audit of the town's finances after taking office in January because an audit had not been conducted in years.

Murell could barely get through the towns tentative budget meeting for 2013, held in late October, without residents interrupting – fired up and looking for answers about how the town spent a quarter million dollars it didn't have - leaving taxpayers to foot the bill.

But although residents are outraged, Stockport can't wait; the board has to pass its 2013 budget by November 20th to stay afloat.

Stockport's water has also become a concern for those who will soon be paying big bucks to drink it if the proposed 2013 budget passes.

Stockport's water quality report from 2011 - all the way back to 2008 - show the copper level in the water exceeded the action level. Iron and manganese were greater than the state allows.

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