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Whitesboro Mayor says savings of dissolving village not what residents think

By NICOLE PITT

WHITESBORO, N.Y. (WKTV) - Should the Village of Whitesboro be dissolved - that's the question registered voters will answer on Tuesday.

If it is passed, it means the plan to dissolve will move forward, and a study will be performed to see what needs to happen for the dissolution. Officials will then have seven months to come up with a plan.

Whitesboro Village Mayor Brenda Gilberti says that other places take years to formulate a plan, which, doesn't come for free. The mayor says the village is unable to get a grant to pay for the study, which amounts to about $100,000.

"The state promises grant money, but there is none available right now," Mayor Gilberti said. "So, consulting fees would be between $30,000 and $40,000 and actual cost to get estimates and attorney fees would be $60,000. So, you're looking at another $100,000 on top of any debt that we had that we worked so hard to pay half off."

Mayor Gilberti says she believes taxpayers won't save as much money as they think, and that many unanswered questions remain.

"If it does save money, it's two to five percent, approximately $18 per year, per resident," Mayor Gilberti said. "No idea if we're going to have a fire department. We probably won't have a police department. No DPW. We'll rely solely on the town and the town does not know how many DPW workers they would need, how many police...they're just in the dark as much as we are."

If the public doesn't like the plan, the signatures of 25 percent of the registered voters are needed in order to reverse it. Otherwise, the plan will move forward.

If the proposal is voted down, the subject can't be brought up again for another four years.

The vote will be held Tuesday, January 4 at the village offices from Noon until 9 p.m.

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