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Taking on ‘Value of Villages’ in Ontario County

If you own property in one of Ontario County’s eight villages, then you pay a village property tax on top of your town tax.

That village tax is the center of a study by two Ontario County men who formed a nonprofit to shed light on the cost of local government. With the village of Rushville facing a June 27 vote on whether to proceed with a dissolution plan, the study comes at prime time.

“We want to be the place to go for good, practical information,” said Francis Coleman, a former Bloomfield village trustee who still lives in the village. He joined forces with Bill Compton, a former East Bloomfield town supervisor and former chairman of the Ontario County Board of Supervisors who still lives in the town. Their independent organization, Ontario County Values Inc., is aimed at putting politics and emotions aside to focus on finances.

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