WENY News - Public hearing held to go over Van Etten dissolution plan

Public hearing held to go over Van Etten dissolution plan

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     VAN ETTEN, N.Y. (WENY) -- During Wednesday's public hearing, Rochester-based consulting firm, Center for Governmental Research (CGR), laid out a dissolution plan for the Village of Van Etten.

     "Currently the Village board has a plan that indicates how services get carried forward, what would happen with any debt, any assets that are left at the end of December and how things would transition to the town," said CGR Principal, Paul Bishop.

     The village can then either adopt that plan, as-is, or make changes to it.

    "The village board has sixty days from tonight to adopt a final plan," said Bishop. "They have to adopt a plan, they don't have a choice. They can take the plan that we talked about tonight, and make a couple of small refinements to it, they could blow it up and start from scratch. But I don't think that's where they're going."

     RELATED: Village of Van Etten Dissolution Looming

    In the outlined proposal, CGR discusses the creation of things like the Van Etten Water District which will be created and maintained by the town to provide water to the village. Another point: how the dissolution would help residents save money on their taxes. Town residents would see a 4% drop inn their total property tax rate, while village residents would see an 11% drop.

    "We estimate, for a village resident with a median home value that they would save about a dollar a day, or three hundred and sixty dollars a year if this plan goes forth as we've talked about," said Bishop.
    Now residents can still shut down the dissolution plan. They'll have to collect a quarter of the voters signatures in order to do so. But in the meantime, the village is getting ready to adopt the plan.

     RELATED: Town of Van Etten raises concerns over impending dissolution

    "The next step is to, at our next monthly on the eighteenth, I believe, to formally adopt the plan as presented and to go forward and to see if that next step, within that forty-five days, if that petition comes forward seeking a referendum," said Van Etten Village Mayor, Jake Briggs.

    If all goes according to plan, the village will be able to dissolve into the town by December 31, 2018.

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