Whitesboro Village dissolution vote to happen Tuesday

Registered voters living in the Village of Whitesboro submitted a petition to force a vote on whether or not to dissolve the village. This vote will be held on January 4, 2011. The format of this vote will be, “shall the Village of Whitesboro be dissolved, yes or no.”

The debate started last April when the village announced they wanted to raise taxes more than 70 percent.

If the majority votes yes, a study will be done to determine the impact dissolving the Village of Whitesboro would have on residents. If they vote no, everything will remain the same.

This from http://www.savewhitesboro.com/facts.htm

  • Currently there is no grant money available for a dissolution plan, which includes attorney fees of approximately $60,000.
  • Required consulting fees will be $30,000 – 40,000.
  • The debt that the village owes will still be owed by village taxpayers, it will not be disbursed among town residents. This includes the revenue anticipation note, debt for equipment and properties that are not owned outright.
  • Village residents will still be taxed for the services and maintenance that comes with living in a village, such as sidewalks, street lights, etc. Town residents that do not have sidewalks and street lights will not share the burden of upkeep.
  • If the Village of Whitesboro dissolves, we will lose our village services — including highway department, police protection, fire department, codes department, historian, court and judge — and will be dependant on Town services and county and state police patrols.
  • Village residents will need to provide themselves with a trash pickup service, since the town does not offer trash removal services.  These trash pickup services will usually require a monthly or annual fee.
  • If the Village of Whitesboro dissolves, there is no getting it back.
  • Dissolution is not normally a cost savings, just a cost shift.
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