Thursday, June 11, 2015

Macedon voters choose dissolution

Posted By on Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 9:38 AM

By a count of 300 to 246, Village of Macedon voters have chosen to dissolve their village.

Those are the unofficial results from yesterday's special election, which was initiated by a group of village residents. Macedon is the sixth village in New York State to approve dissolution since 2011, when a new state law came on the books making it easier for residents to force the votes.

Yesterday was the third time since 2008 that Macedon residents voted on dissolution: residents rejected it 257 to 228 the first time, and the second time, in 2010, by a margin of 295 to 199. 

Supporters of dissolution, lead by the group One Macedon, argued that the village government and services are redundant. And they stressed the potential tax savings for both village and Town of Macedon residents. An analysis from the Center for Governmental Research said that dissolution could reduce village tax bills by 40 percent.

But opponents have said that dissolution will take away services tailored to the village, as well as community events organized and promoted through Village Hall. They've also said that it could derail downtown revitalization plans.

The village and town have 180 days to develop a transition plan, which will lay out which services the town will continue and how it will provide them. The town already provides police services — a function it assumed from the village several years ago. It also has an ambulance service that covers the village and it contracts with a fire district that can serve the village.

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