Village board puts kibosh on dissolution study

CHAMPLAIN - The Champlain village board of trustees will not pursue the possibility of dissolving the municipality.

Mayor Gregory R. Martin said the board has discussed the matter since it was brought before the village in January by resident John K. Triller. In a letter, Triller formerly requested the board take "immediate and appropriate action for the dissolution of the village."

Triller cited the fact the village no longer operates a police department or court among reasons for the move.

"We looked at this very seriously," said Martin, who remarked board members reviewed material from other towns and village that have gone through dissolution process. "We also received a ton of material from the Department of State and we looked at it. Each one of these dissolution processes is kind of unique."

Upon reviewing the materials, Martin said the board felt there would not be a substantial savings to the taxpayers or any other benefit.

"Honestly, I don't think the village residents will save any money by dissolving the village," said Martin. "I don't think the tax rates are going to go down. We're going to lose control over our services, local control over our policies."

Progress the village has made in recent years to stay afloat despite being subject to unfunded federal mandates like other municipalities is evidence it is important the village having its own government and identity.

"The village of Champlain over last six years has been very well maintained," said Martin. "Our tax rate is very reasonable - more than reasonable. And, I really feel our water and wastewater rates are below the median for New York state and they're very reasonable for the product that we have."

The issue of blight and a lack of businesses in the village's downtown area - which is something Martin feels those for dissolution feel would improve if they got their way - wouldn't necessarily get any better without village government.

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