BALLSTON SPA — An increase in the population threshold for representation on the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors, passed last week, maintains Halfmoon Supervisor Kevin Tollisen as the most powerful supervisor among the county’s 23.
The move, decried by League of Women Voters members and Saratoga Springs Supervisor Tara Gaston, means Tollisen can retain her status as sole supervisor in her city. Without the change, Tollisen would have had to share his county role with a new second supervisor from his city. He also should have split his weighted vote which in 2011 was set at 21,535, which is higher than any other supervisor, including those at Clifton Park and Saratoga Springs. This will increase this year to match Halfmoon’s actual population, which is now over 25,000.