TO THE EDITOR: A “yes” vote to dissolve the village of Malone is necessary to protect our community from further deterioration and for our own financial security.
Excessive village taxes have driven homeowners and businesses from our village, decreasing our home values, and are an unnecessary financial burden.
Our Village Police Department is the major cause of the excessive high village taxes, consuming nearly half of our village taxes. An average $75,000 assessed homeowner pays $680 a year for Village Police protection, according to the dissolving study committee.
No one likes to cut anyone’s position, but we can no longer afford or need the Village Police service. Without them, village residents will be confident in the same excellent State Police protection that town residents are so at ease with
A “yes” vote to dissolve the Village of Malone is a win/win vote for village residents. Vote to dissolve the village, and the Village Police is eliminated. If later we see the State Police protection is inadequate, as those with interest in maintaining the village want you to believe, the town can create a townwide police department. The cost of this would then be shared with town residents.
With the elimination of village, the average $75,000 assessed homeowner will save more than $1,000 a year, ($680 police protection and $330 additional saving according to the dissolving committee report), this all while retaining the same services, perhaps some even better than before. Businesses will once again locate downtown, and people will want to move back to the village, increasing our home values.
This is, without a doubt, the most important vote you will ever be given the opportunity to make. Vote yes to dissolve the village of Malone
TO THE EDITOR: Gov. Cuomo’s recent tour of state-funded projects in the North Country was a welcome reaffirmation of his administration’s commitment to economic development.