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Editorial: Reduce layers to save money

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Residents in the Washington County village of Salem last week did something rare in New York. They voted themselves out of existence. Well, they didn't really vote themselves out of existence, but rather an unnecessary and redundant layer of government out of existence. As a result of the village dissolving and incorporating into the town of Salem, village taxpayers can expect to pay 49 percent less in taxes, while town residents will pay about 18 ...

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August 11, 2014
7:46 p.m.

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Maintaining local control is important. If you want a model to follow- look to Massachusetts which eliminated their COUNTY level of Govt. And the TOWN Meeting structure gives residents more control over their budget. Some towns actually take an online survey to determine which specific line items in a budget are important to the residents. Firehouse open or senior shuttle bus? Raises for school administrators or a new school roof? the people have more input on their budgets. Its not all or nothing. Property taxes in MA are considerably lower I think because of this better structure.