Do not look now, but the town of Dunkirk is looking to build on its miniscule empire.
At a time when governments across America are looking at cutting costs, this town with a population of 1,350 is talking about a $500,000 renovation of its town hall. And while taxes in the town are nowhere near as high as other municipalities in the county, the big question in these plans is simply this: why?
Why would a town with a small population do something like this at a time when money is tight across the region and the world?
Currently, the town of Dunkirk is working with the city regarding police patrols. That is a good step. Maybe, instead of a renovation, it can work with the city on finding a new location for its town offices.
But adding to a building that serves 1,350 residents is not an appropriate answer when all of our governments need to look at reducing the high tax burden they currently put on all county residents. Renovations do not fix that problem.