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Should voters dissolve village of Cobleskill?

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Dissolving the village of Cobleskill would cut $30,000 in spending on a village clerk and another $15,000 for a village attorney. Despite the inherent savings, doing so would likely hike accounting and legal costs at the town level. Dissolution also would lead to eliminating the police department — leaving officials in a bind to provide law enforcement in the busy college village. These and other “pros and cons” of dissolution are among topics to be ...

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May 6, 2013
7:33 a.m.

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Dissolving the village would save more than $45,000 a year. That’s not the real issue – which is, the continuation of multiple municipal government political kingdoms at any cost, even in lightly populated rural areas. They’re discussing its impact on the town. But of course there’s no discussion of dissolving the town along with the village. It’s all Schoharie County anyway. That would save a lot more. But it’s probably unthinkable to have the sheriff become the chief law enforcement department for the county, as it’s probably unthinkable for the county to provide all municipal services to its only 35,000 residents.

May 7, 2013
9:18 a.m.

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There's no justification for the hundreds of village and town governments across NYS. County governments could manage all of the services more economically, resulting in large savings when unneeded buildings and equipment are decommissioned and poorly utilized employees are re-assigned or laid off.