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More merger discussion for Pomfret and Fredonia

January 28, 2013

Questions arose about the village of Fredonia merging with the town of Pomfret after the OBSERVER reported discussion by Fredonia Trustee Joseph Cerrie about combining the two municipalities into one....

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jamesamuscato

Jan-29-13 10:13 PM

Chuck if you can when was the law changed, and what was the new law number.

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Chuck392

Jan-29-13 6:24 PM

James - no, it changed not too long ago. Lakewood just went through it and only Lakewood voted, Busti had to accept whatever happened (it was voted down by a large margin). Also, the village can be changed to the same bourdaries as the town and have a single governing body.

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jamesamuscato

Jan-28-13 11:29 PM

Correct me if I'am wrong, unless things have changed, there is a process to be followed for the merging of a Town and a Village. One thing that most people don't seem to be aware of is that the Village is dissolved in to the Town. Both have to go to a public referendum and both have to show a favorable vote to get the ball rolling.

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Chuck392

Jan-28-13 9:01 PM

It should be a hand up, not a hand out. We are already to the point where welfare has become the new career for many. We need to do like most other states do - 5 years and that's it. Also need to have a waiting period for people whom haven't lived in the state for a minimum amount of time.

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commentor

Jan-28-13 6:28 PM

You are correct Social Services are the problem but every time you read something about SS they are getting another perk (SNAP) 10% increase etc, etc.

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Chuck392

Jan-28-13 6:08 PM

"Social services is mandated by the state and federal government."

Exactly. And it needs to be changed by them - soon. You do realize that New York State pays, by far, the most for these programs - more than any other state, don't you?

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Chuck392

Jan-28-13 5:53 PM

Fred, I didn't list village or school taxes because I would expect those to remain the same. It's really difficult to know without an in-depth study. Randolph just merged with the town there and the village saw no decrease and the town saw only a bit more than 7% savings. I don't know where people come up with unrealisting savings expectations - I look and look and can't find any nor can anyone here point to any - big savings is all speculation.

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Christopher

Jan-28-13 4:22 PM

If the Town and Village merged, you don't think the entire Village tax would disappear, do you? The Town supplies nothing to the Village, so that tax should disappear. The Village is responsible for water, sewer, Police and Fire protection,etc., things the Town isn't. Do you think all of that will become a free service if the Village is absorbed by the town? Now that's really funny. By the way, did you know that Town employees have higher salaries than Village employees, without water or sewer work to do!? Not bad, just for highway work and NOTHING else. People in Fredonia have been ignoring Town issues for WAY too long. The Village has enough votes to take over the town board, THEN merge into the Village, not the other way around.

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FredoniaFred

Jan-28-13 3:17 PM

Social services is mandated by the state and federal government. The only control the county has is to screen those applying to make sure they are eligible.

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FredoniaFred

Jan-28-13 3:16 PM

Wheres the Village tax Chuck???

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Chuck392

Jan-28-13 10:26 AM

Just in case no one actually looks, a home assessed at $103,000 in Fredonia pays this in Town/County taxes: $487 Medicaid, $360 County, $99 Community College and $82 Town.

If by some miracle a merger totally eliminated the Town tax you'd save $82 a year. But take a look at the Medicaid charge -- now you're talking some real money.

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Chuck392

Jan-28-13 9:35 AM

If you want to really reduce taxes, focus on revamping social services programs. Why doesn't it bother people to know that over half of their county property taxes is for Medicaid alone? And in the paper today is an announcement of the "new" SNAP program to replace food stamps, and the claim that it's now easier to get. This nonsense is killing us.

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PhilJulian

Jan-28-13 9:31 AM

reducing the size and cost of government always makes sense but it needs to be done on a county wide basis.

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DKexpat

Jan-28-13 9:18 AM

commentor is correct -- If it's all about jockeying for position/power, nothing will ever happen. If its an "open competition," maybe taxpayers stand a chance.

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commentor

Jan-28-13 8:59 AM

I don't think either Town or Village residents object to a merge. What needs to be avoided is a takeover by either one. If the merge would be done at election time and all positions were up for election of the new entity I think it would be successful.

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