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Victory Mayor Jim Sullivan. Photo courtesy James Sullivan
Victory Mayor Jim Sullivan. Photo courtesy James Sullivan

Village of Victory votes on dissolution

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Residents in the Saratoga County village of Victory, New York, vote Tuesday on whether to dissolve the village government. Some North Country communities have recently considered dissolution, including Potsdam and Malone.

Victory has only 600 residents. They don't have police protection, so the major concerns are what happens to the fire department, garbage collection, and water rates.

30-year old Mayor James Sullivan ran on a dissolution platform four years ago.

He says if voters approve the dissolution, Victory will become part the town of Saratoga, and all those issues can be worked out over the next year or two.

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Julie Grant
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"The current village government puts a lot of red tape in front of things that could get done, and I think there could be a cost savings by getting rid of that extra layer of government. We're always talking about government and efficiency being oxymorons, and the truth is, it really can work well if we have less government, and one government, that does a much better job."

A dissolution study found homeowners could save more than 50 percent on their property tax bill under dissolution. But other services, such as garbage collection and water rates, would significantly reduce those savings.

Some residents have expressed concern that the 160-year old village will lose its identity. Sullivan doesn't think that will happen, even if the village dissolves.

When the polls open Tuesday, Victory residents will also vote for a new mayor. Sullivan is not running for re-election.

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