CHAUMONT, N.Y. (WWNY) - Chaumont’s status as a village is now in the hands of voters.
Mayor Valerie Rust said the village council passed a resolution putting a dissolution plan on November’s ballot. Voters will decide on election day, November 3.
The decision came after a public hearing, which Rust said drew little public response.
If the plan passes, Chaumont will become a hamlet in the town of Lyme at the end of 20-21.
Rust said there are a couple reasons why dissolving the village makes sense.
“We struggle financially still, and we are dealing with low resources. It’s just another layer of government we feel can be efficiently taken away,” she said.
But there is more to it than just efficiency - Chaumont has been a village for almost 150 years. For villagers worried about Chaumont losing it’s identity, Rust says - don’t.
“It’s always going to be the village of Chaumont,” she said.
“It’s always going to be the hub of the town of Lyme. Because it’s not going to have an incorporation date any longer, doesn’t mean that it’s still not a vital entity in the town of Lyme.”
For villagers, the practical benefit is - property taxes could be cut in half. For people outside the village in the Town of Lyme, a roughly seven percent tax increase.
“My impression is that all of us feel the same, that our town is equipped and ready to handle the transition,” said Julia Gosier, a member of Lyme’s town board.
The full dissolution plan, prepared by the Development Authority of the North Country, can be found here.