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March 17, 2014

Final Keeseville village election Tuesday

KEESEVILLE — As the Village of Keeseville heads for dissolution, two people are after two open seats in the upcoming election.

The vote is noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at the Keeseville Village Hall on Liberty Street.

Incumbent Trustee Kathleen Klages is running for re-election to the Village Board, and retired Village Clerk Julie Lattrell will run for the other seat.

Trustee Robin Bezio is not seeking re-election.

Both Klages and Bezio were first elected to the Village Board in 2010.

The new terms will be for nine months only, due to pending dissolution.

The Village of Keeseville will end its existence as a municipality on Dec. 31, voters decided, with the towns of Chesterfield in Essex County and AuSable in Clinton County taking over its functions and property.

NO TAX HIKE

Keeseville Mayor Dale Holderman said the village is working on its last budget now.

“We’re almost there. Dissolution is going to cost us a fortune. It (the budget) will be almost as high for seven months as a normal budget.”

The regular village budget covers June 1 to May 31, but this one will be June 1 to Dec. 31.

The 2013-14 budget in use now totaled $1.86 million.

Holderman said one-time costs such as legal fees, estimated at $20,000, are pushing the new budget up, although it will still likely come in with no tax increase.

“We’ve had a meeting a week to work it all out. We have to turn all the properties over, turn records over.”

He said village officials will leave everything in sound financial condition for the towns.

‘We’re planning on having everything ready. We plan to walk out and leave everything completed.”

JOBS

At a referendum last year, Keeseville voters chose to dissolve the village, and the decision was later affirmed in a second vote in which the dissolution plan was OK’d by voters.

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