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In My Opinion

June 3, 2013

In My Opinion: Divided loyalties on Keeseville dissolution

I feel that over the nine months, the Keeseville Dissolution Committee performed a very comprehensive study of our task and presented a detailed and complete draft plan to the Village Board on schedule.

I feel that everyone on the committee took an active role in the study and was able to contribute to the finish project.

There is a wealth of information in the draft plan to assist the Village Board members with their task to present a plan on the dissolution of the village.

Here are some of the points that I recall being discussed in the meetings and which are included in the draft plan submitted to the village.

Your village tax — last year approximately $7.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation — will be gone. It is estimated the typical savings for village taxpayers will be between $400 and $600 per year in taxes

Each town will be absorbing approximately half the village, therefore easing the additional load on each town.

Both towns have indicated that they will continue with all the services that the village currently provides, with the exception of curbside garbage pickup.

It has been stated that approximately 10 percent of the village residents use this this service and that they will have several options for them to dispose of their garbage and rubbish.

The towns are currently providing the following services to the village residents that the Village Board has previously passed on to them: justice courts, property assessment, code enforcement and animal control.

Each town will absorb approximately 3 miles of roads, not requiring a large expense to each town, one would think.

The water and sewer operations are supported by fees, not taxes. I recall that there were three options presented in the draft plan to the Village Board for the continued operation of these two services. The final effect on these rates will be based on which option is selected to continue these services.

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