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November 3, 2012

Keeseville sets dissolution vote

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SECOND VOTE

If the vote is for dissolution, the Village Board then has 180 days to finalize the dissolution plan and hold a public hearing on it.

Once the plan is finalized by the Village Board, it is subject to a voter petition for another referendum, this one to accept or reject the plan. If the plan is rejected in that vote, dissolution would be suspended.

That petition requires the signature of 25 percent of the village’s registered voters, an increase from the 10 percent needed to force a vote on dissolution itself.

Holderman said he was glad someone petitioned for a dissolution vote because that also allows for a second vote if someone submits a valid petition.

If the Village Board had simply voted to put dissolution on the ballot of its own direction, instead of by petition, no second vote would have been possible.

PLAN ESTIMATES

The dissolution plan shows a savings of $382 for Chesterfield residents and $343 for AuSable citizens on a $100,000 assessed home, assuming state dissolution aid to the towns continued. For those with homes assessed at less than $70,000, the report says they’d pay about $166 more in fees for special districts than they pay now in village taxes.

Following dissolution, Chesterfield and AuSable would take over village services like water and sewer utilities, and private haulers would have to be hired by residents to pick up trash that the Village Department of Public Works collects now.

Thirteen village jobs would be eliminated and eight new ones created by the towns, based on the plan. Village employees would probably be given first preference for those new jobs, officials have said.

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