About 40 people turned out to hear what the pro-dissolution group One Rushville had to say at a meeting Thursday at the Gorham Fire Hall. With the vote next Tuesday, the heat is on. More signs have cropped on lawns both for and against dissolving and reports of stolen and damaged signs have only added to heightened emotions.
“Every single political cause causes disagreement,” said Former Macedon Mayor Bill Murray. Murray was mayor when the village of Macedon dissolved this year. Jack Bailey, who led the campaign to dissolve the village of Lyons, also spoke. The village of Lyons dissolved last year.
Bailey and Murray presented glowing reports of what dissolution did for the citizens in their former villages. Both cited significant savings for taxpayers.
In Lyons, Bailey said that in 2016, former village residents saw a 62 percent tax break due to dissolution. Even residents of the town of Lyons saw savings, of about 7 percent, he added.
While he and Murray emphasized that every community is different, Bailey said, “every study I’ve ever seen has come up with savings.”
Owning and running one house is cheaper than owning and running two, and that is how Bailey and Murray described the concept of eliminating a layer of government.