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October 20, 2013

Keeseville dissolution-plan vote Tuesday

Voters to weigh in on possible dissolution of village

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1,800 RESIDENTS

The dissolution study showed that taxes would go down for all property owners in the village, but for those with properties assessed at less than $60,000, the combined amount they pay could increase because their water and sewer fees would be higher.

In Chesterfield, 35 percent of village homeowners have assessments of $50,000 or less, while in AuSable, it’s 31 percent in that category, according to each county’s real property tax offices.

There are 425 residential parcels on the AuSable side and 409 on the Chesterfield side, in a village of about 1,800 residents.

‘NO PROBLEM’

Chesterfield Supervisor Gerald Morrow said his town should have no problem providing services to Keeseville residents if the village dissolves.

“I’m neutral on the dissolution issue, but the truth is we already provide a lot of services to people who live in the Village of Keeseville,” he said.

“There will be no tax increase, and I will not cut services, except for rubbish removal, an expense the taxpayers pay for even if they don’t use it.

“On the other hand, we have proven in the past when we took over four services from the village when they eliminated them, that we don’t need to raise taxes.”

Chesterfield assumed assessing services, dog control, the local court system and code enforcement/zoning duties, although the village has taken back the code duties.

Email Lohr McKinstry:lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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