The Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturers Association has sent a letter to members of the County Legislature, thanking them for an overwhelming majority vote to put a reduction of the size of the Legislature up for a referendum.
The resolution, approved by a vote of 23 to 1, was sponsored by John Runkle (R-Stockton) and had been defeated during previous votes in April and May. The measure allows Chautauqua County residents to vote on the November ballot on reducing the size of the Legislature to nineteen members.
Chamber/MAST Public Policy Committee Chair Kevin Sanvidge said, “We would have preferred a decisive vote by the Legislature to put this issue to rest once and for all. However, we are grateful that at least lawmakers will allow the residents of our county to vote on this issue.”
“As far as we are concerned,” Sanvidge added, “this is an issue of leadership. As we strive to reduce taxes and improve the business climate in our county, we know that reducing the size and layers of government and taxing entities is critically important. Downsizing the County Legislature is a first step towards making the very challenging decisions ahead which will result in true savings for the taxpayers of this county.”
The Chamber/MAST will be campaigning for approval of the ballot item leading up to election day in November.