Potsdam, NY, Nov 04, 2011 — Next Tuesday, Potsdam village residents will vote on whether to dissolve the village. Potsdam isn't the only village to consider this--Budgets are tight and the state is offering incentives to eliminate layers of government.
Massena's looked into dissolution; and Waddington has decided not to pursue it for the moment. Malone's dissolution study committee met for the first time Wednesday night. Other villages in the region and state are moving through the process as well.
In Potsdam--a village of about 10,000 within a town of about 16,000-- arguments for and against dissolution turn on economic development, public safety, and of course, property taxes--but as Nora Flaherty reports, uncertainty may also play a very big role in how villagers vote: Go to full article
People that live outside the current village aren't going to want to pay taxes to get my sidewalk plowed...they don't even have a sidewalk.
Waddington, NY, May 04, 2011 — Waddington, population 736, is only one of several north country villages to consider dissolution. Massena, Potsdam and others have thought about it too--But Waddington's farther along in the process than some. Go to full article
Mar 19, 2003 — Voters went to the polls across the region on Tuesday to elect local officials. Many races were uncontested and, in general, turn-out was light. Brian Mann has this survey of some of the more interesting results. Go to full article