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Second public hearing held on Keeseville dissolution

Richard Weidmann hands out copies of the draft dissolution plan during the Aug. 22 public hearing at the Keeseville firehouse.

Richard Weidmann hands out copies of the draft dissolution plan during the Aug. 22 public hearing at the Keeseville firehouse. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Reines said he felt there were not enough benefits financially based on the preliminary dissolution plan.

“All of the financial benefits really do not amount to very much, because look at what you are giving away,” Reines said. “There are all of the benefits of the village and now the towns will be taking those away from us.”

The draft dissolution plan will be worked on over the next two months before a third public hearing. Afterward, a finalized dissolution plan will be presented to the village board, who will decide if the process will continue or if they will remain a village without going to vote.

Under the draft dissolution study, residents of the village of Keeseville that is part of the town of Ausable would see a potential 50 percent decrease in their taxes, while there would be a 51 percent decrease for residents of the village that is part of the town of Chesterfield. Both towns would see a 9 percent decrease for residents who live outside of the current village boundaries.

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