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April 22, 2013

Keeseville tweaking dissolution plan

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Reached at his office after the special meeting, Chestertown Town Supervisor Gerald Morrow said the only new position Chesterfield anticipates creating is for a water-plant operator, since his town will assume the village water system. AuSable is taking over the village sewer plant and will add staffing for that facility.

Weidemann said he’s going to suggest creating one joint water-sewer district for the former village, instead of four districts, two in each town, that the report now advocates.

Both town councils should be involved in a dialogue on issues like that, he said, and King said she’ll attend town meetings to find out what each is planning to do should the village be gone.

“Having something from them would make it clear to village residents what’s going to happen,” Weidemann said. “There are things that were never fully discussed.

“Getting some clarity on what the towns would do is helpful.”

He said the towns should be asked to pass resolutions so everything is clear.

VILLAGE DEBT

Morrow said his Town Council has already passed resolutions that no new special districts, such as lighting, sidewalks and trash collection, will be created after Keeseville dissolves.

The only new tax will be one for village debt, he said.

It’s true that one thing that will remain when Keeseville dissolves is village liability, Weidemann said.

“A liability of the former village continues to be a liability of former village taxpayers.

“The towns will levy a special tax.”

‘COMPLICATED EQUATION’

The liability includes village debt that exists at the time of dissolution, plus the retirement plan for already-retired village workers.

Trustee Kathleen Klages said she believes that when village taxes are gone, increased town taxes and other charges would replace them.

“I think people are going to be paying the same in taxes. Taxpayers in the village aren’t saving a thing.”

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