Jim Balson wants to keep the village. “I’m content with the village. There’s some good things in the works as far as bringing more of a community spirit back to the village,” said Balson.
But Lawrence Main would like to see it go. “I think the taxes are little steep in the village. We lived in the town before so I'm all for it merging,” said Main.
Two big questions at the center of the debate to dissolve: Will it affect property taxes and how will affect fire service?
Residents who support dissolving the village say homeowners would save about 200 dollars a year based on an average assessment of a $100,000.
“There’s a direct tax advantage based on the information provided and I'm hoping that beyond that there’s even more advantage working with the town,” said Randy Agnes.
Elaine Tosner also voted for dissolving the village. “Well, because of the taxes, I mean, I pay town and village taxes and some of the issues involved that I heard from the neighbors I think it’s about time,” said Tosner.
Residents opposed to the plan say that savings would be lost in a increase in the towns fire insurance rating. “There’s a lot of stuff going on with whether its really going to affect our fire department or not and I've heard lot of things that it’s not going to but it’s not coming from the fire department members so its kind of hard to believe that,” said Nancy Wilcox.