MALONE — Voters defeated a bid to dissolve the Village of Malone by a 2-to-1 margin Tuesday.
The referendum vote were 1,117 no to 562 yes, according to unofficial results as of 11:45 p.m. the Franklin County Board of Elections.
The referendum question itself was straightforward: “Shall the Village of Malone, New York, be dissolved? Yes or No.”
And a sampling from people questioned by the Press-Republican earlier in the day as they left Holy Family School polling sites voted a resounding no.
Seven out of the 11 people who agreed to give an opinion between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. favored retaining village government rather than turning functions over to the Malone Town Council.
“It was the Police Department,” said Mark Rabideau to explain his vote against dissolution. “I think we had to have more information about that.
“I don’t think we should do it now, but they should look at it and get more information for the next time,” he said, meaning in four years, when the issue can be raised again. “Then, they’d have more answers.”
‘I’M FED UP’
John Coughlin was for dissolution, saying that doing away with union contracts “would force management and employees to the bargaining table and away from this fiscal cliff.”
Eileen Wemette read up on the issues surrounding dissolution “quite a bit,” and what decided her “no” vote was “police services, really.”
But James King went the other way, saying high taxes made him to vote to dissolve.
“Some people aren’t making money like others do, and you’ve got to keep paying,” he said. “Some are just barely getting along, and I’m fed up.”
Joy L. Gokey said she weighed the information she had learned and determined, “I didn’t want to risk putting people out of work for a minimal savings on taxes, if any.”