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August 15, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 15, 2013

Keeseville dissolution

TO THE EDITOR: As a member of the dissolution study, I feel I must bring to the village residents actual facts about the study.

The study showed that without the village, all village taxpayers would save money on their property taxes.

Water and sewer is not a tax; it is a service, and fees are determined by usage. It is a service that must be paid for, and the plan states that the towns would work out details with shared-service agreements or contracts, which would also include services for the library, senior citizens, youth and historian. The towns are already providing services taken over from the village.

If there is dissolution, the village debts would be paid off by the village residents, but eventually this debt would be paid off, and any village property or assets that were sold could be used to reduce the debt.

There is a grant available to cover the cost of village dissolution. In April, at a special meeting, the consultant on the dissolution study recommended to the Village Board that they apply for this grant right away.

The plan will be brought to a vote, and, according to New York State general municipal law, the wording must substantially follow this form: The voters of the Village of Keeseville, having previously voted to dissolve, shall the elector-initiated dissolution plan take effect? Yes or no.

A yes vote on the plan would allow dissolution; a no vote would not allow dissolution.

It is a good plan, comprising a nine-month study and facts. The voters will decide.

LINDA LIBERTY-GUIMOND

Keeseville

 

Hall Golf Tournament

TO THE EDITOR: The 10th-annual Jeff Hall and Michelle Hall Memorial Golf Tournament was held on July 20 at the North Country Golf Club, followed by lunch at Bobby’s Lounge.

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