On Wednesday, June 10, voters in the village of Macedon have a unique opportunity. If voters agree to dissolve the village, their village and town property taxes will be reduced by 40 percent, perhaps even more. This is due to a combination of the elimination of duplicate services with the town and the awarding of over $300,000 to the municipality by the state to encourage the elimination of wasteful duplicate services and the consolidation of taxing authorities. This is not a one-time award, in that current Albany legislation indicates this windfall will continue year after year.

Having been your elected trustee for over 12 years I strongly feel the time to dissolve is now. The majority of your Village Board has allowed duplications in the areas of ambulance service and fire protection and has spent over $150,000 of your money in sewer litigation that has absolutely no end game. 

I urge village residents to write down the amount of the village tax bill you have just received plus write down the town portion of the county/town tax bill you received last January; add the two numbers together then multiply by 40 percent. The resulting number is your expected tax reduction beginning next year and for years to come. These savings were not just grabbed out of the air; they were calculated by an independent consultant hired by your Village Board. We are a village of only 1,500 people and approximately 150 families. We cannot afford nor should we allow future reckless spending.

Dave Sliney
Trustee
Village of Macedon