What's At Stake If Mannsville Dissolves

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The quiet village of Mannsville has a big vote ahead - whether or not to dissolve into the town of Ellisburg.

"I've been encouraging everyone to come out and vote.  Most of them say they're going to," said Sally Newton, a village resident.  
 
Here's what's at stake:  the loss of some village services, but also a decrease in taxes.
 
For an average home in the village assessed at $75,000, taxes would go from about $405 to $230 for a total savings of $175.
 
The town of Ellisburg is likely to receive a state grant designed to encourage government consolidation if Mannsville dissolves.  
 
That would mean an additional tax savings of about $40 for village residents and a savings of about $38 for town residents.
 
James Joyce, a village resident who's on the dissolution study committee, says those savings aren't worth the cost of what is lost, like snow plowing at the library and fire department as well as village Christmas decorations.  
 
Plus, the town of Ellisburg could do away with some village laws.
 
"I'm going to vote to keep the village," he said.
 
But not everyone is convinced dissolution would have much effect.
 
"I don't think it would really affect that much, really," said Glenda Vautrin, who lives in the village. 
 
Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m. on Tuesday.
 
If voters decide to dissolve the village, it would happen at the end of May 2014.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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