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Villages should make changes in 2012

January 11, 2012
Westfield Republican
In the movie “2012,” Dr. Adrian Helmsley, part of a worldwide geophysical team investigating the effect on the earth of radiation from unprecedented solar storms, learns that the earth’s core is heating up. He warns the government that the crust of the earth is becoming unstable and that without proper preparations for saving a fraction of the world’s population, the entire race is doomed. Meanwhile, writer Jackson Curtis stumbles on the same information. While the world’s leaders race to build “arks” to escape the impending cataclysm, Curtis struggles to find a way to save his family as volcanic eruptions and earthquakes of unprecedented strength wreak havoc around the world. Now we’re pretty certain that 2012 won’t be the end of the world. But there is a part of us that thinks if there were some reason that we had a “do-over” on how we structure government, there is no way we would design the system we have today. One example is village government. Every village resident in New York state is paying both town and village taxes. Why? Why should village residents pay town taxes? What services does town government offer village residents? The village of Perrysburg came to this realization and decided enough was enough. They voted to disband the village, allowing the town government to take over. Last summer, Fredonia Mayor Steve Keefe talked about having a “coterminous government” which would have the town of Pomfret and the village of Fredonia become two entities under one government. If it means one tax bill, it’s something that we can support. It’s time to make something happen. Set up the committees. Organize the meetings. Put it on the ballot. We don’t need to have a natural disaster come, but the current system needs to be blown up and changed.


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