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For the most part, people are looking at the bottom line… I think there will be some savings in taxes, but what’s the trade-off?

Potsdam moves toward dissolution vote

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Village of Potsdam residents and interested parties gathered Monday night for one of their last chances to weigh in on whether the village should dissolve and become just another part of the Town of Potsdam. About 75 people met in Clarkson's Snell auditorium.

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Village of Potsdam residents and interested parties gathered Monday night for one of their last chances to weigh in on whether the village should dissolve and become part of the Town of Potsdam. About 75 people met in Clarkson’s Snell auditorium.

Potsdam Village mayor Ron Tischler said about 25 people spoke and that, "Most were not in favor of dissolution. There were a few that were, but of course that’s a small portion of the total population of the village of Potsdam."

Some argued for dissolution, saying lower village taxes might draw more businesses.

 Tischler says he’s skeptical about the “lower taxes” argument. "For the most part, people are looking at the bottom line…they’re seeing savings in taxes which may or may not be real. I think there will be some savings in taxes, but what’s the trade-off? What are you going to lose in services as well?"  

Of those who spoke against dissolution, many were concerned about losing benefits like speedy police response times, while others just felt a sense of uncertainty about losing their village government.

Others said that although village residents’ taxes would drop with dissolution, the taxes of all town residents might increase.

The Potsdam village board will likely decide by early next month whether or not to put dissolution to a vote in November.

Meanwhile, the village of Waddington voted last week to table its dissolution study on the basis that the study leaves too many questions unanswered. Waddington Trustees say they’ll continue to research that idea and other money-saving measures.

In Potsdam, people who want to speak publicly about dissolution can come to the village board meeting on Monday the 19th. More information is at Potsdam NY dot us.

 

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