Painted Post Dissolving?
Neighbors in Painted Post want to look into dissolving the village into the town of Erwin, but transparency issues and a perceived lack of trust arise during the village meeting as obstacles.
October 9, 2012
Painted Post (WENY) - Neighbors in Painted Post want to look into dissolving the village into the town of Erwin, but transparency issues and a perceived lack of trust arise during the village meeting as obstacles. As we've been reporting, 400 neighbors in painted post signed a petition to dissolve the village into the town of Erwin. But one village trustee says the numbers that were presented on the petition were wrong. The petition has been accepted by the board, and they're looking into the petitioners concerns, but examination of the numbers led to some major differences in math. The petition said the village could save more than 40 percent on taxes, but that was with numbers from 2010. Calculations with the current figures means the dissolution would save residents around 8 percent, still a savings but not nearly as much.
The problems stem from the fact that village residents who petitioned for Painted Post to dissolve were using a Report from 2010. Rick Thorn, a village Trustee, took the most recent data and figured out what home owners would save, and the difference was staggering. The town would actually save only eight percent, not the 44 percent petitioners were claiming. That's about $86 per every $75,000.
“It's still savings,” says Thorn. “Don't get me wrong, but a petition is circulating advertising one thing and in reality it wasn't true.”
Phyllis Draper helped put together the petition, and the new numbers didn't surprise her.
“It's still a savings and I believe the savings in the long run by dissolution are going to be more because we have a stagnant property tax base here," says Draper. "We are not going to see a lot of improvement in the revenue coming in.”
Phyllis and other members of the audience were surprised at how much information wasn't being shared by the village board about this issue. During public comment, people kept bringing up the lack of transparency by the board. Phyllis and others just want the information so everyone can make an informed decision
“I'm just glad the village is sharing this with everyone else. We need a lot more information out there and there will be a lot more information forthcoming before the vote.”
Even though the numbers in the petition were wrong the board must acknowledge it and schedule a meeting to talk about the possibility of a referendum.