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Date set for special election to dissolve Whitesboro

By CAROLINE GABLE

WHITESBORO, N.Y. (WKTV) - Tuesday night the Village of Whitesboro Board passed a resolution to hold a special election on January 4th, 2011. On that day residents will vote on whether to dissolve the village and merge it with the Town of Whitestown.

Prior to the vote, several residents expressed their desire to dissolve the Village of WHITESBORO because they feel their taxes are too high and hope that merging will translate into lower taxes in the future.

Meanwhile, other residents express a fear that the quality of community services such as the fire and police departments will be compromised if the vote to dissolve the Village passes.

Village of Whitesboro Mayor Brenda Gilberti says she knows residents are unhappy about their taxes, but doesn't have the answers as to what will happen if the vote passes.

 "Right now you're just voting on an idea, you don't know if you're going to save a dollar or nothing, you don't know what services you're going to have and what services you are not going to have so you're voting on the unknown and to me that's pretty scary," said Gilberti.

The Mayor says she has worked hard on the budget, even taking a pay cut herself but says the root of the Village's financial problems stems from years of over anticipating revenues.

A simple majority is needed for the Village of Whitesboro to move forward with dissolution.

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