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August 19, 2013

Keeseville dissolution plan vote set

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He said when the new workers are not needed at the water plant, they will plow and sand village roads in the winter.

‘PLAN FLAWED’

The dissolution study showed that taxes would go down for everyone in the village. 

But for Keeseville residents with properties assessed at less than $60,000, the combined amount they paid could rise 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 offices.

Holderman said he now believes that the base assessment needed to experience a savings from dissolution would be higher that the $60,000 in the plan.

“The plan is flawed. The majority of people in Keeseville will not see a decrease in taxes.”

Study Committee member and dissolution advocate Linda Liberty-Guimond said she believes taxes for village property owners would drop following dissolution.

She said she has no problem with a vote on the plan, as long as people understand what they’re voting for.

“Maybe there are things in the plan they don’t like. But the study showed that if you live in the Village of Keeseville, your property taxes — and that’s not including water and sewer rents, those are services — will most likely go down.”

The village has been slated to end its existence on Dec. 31, 2014, but if the vote on the dissolution plan is to turn down the document, it will remain in place.

The petition for a vote on the plan submitted by resident Sandra Clodgo had 256 valid signatures, and only 236 were needed to trigger a referendum. A minimum of 25 percent of the village’s 944 registered voters had to sign the petition.

The plan itself specifies how Keeseville’s dissolution would be handled and its property and services turned over to the towns of Chesterfield in Essex County and AuSable in Clinton County.

The referendum vote in January was 268 to 176 to dissolve Keeseville.

Email Lohr McKinstry:lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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