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Voters Say 'No' to Brockport Dissolution

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Rochester: Voters Say 'No' to Brockport Dissolution
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The village of Brockport will remain a village, as residents defeated the proposal to dissolve the village government rather soundly.

The unofficial tally was 657 for dissolution and 953 against the plan.

After a number of informational meetings on the topics, the residents of Brockport decided the village government is too important to get rid off.

"We knew we didn't want the village dissolved, but what were the people voting for the dissolution voting for? There wasn't a plan. It's like gambling almost," said resident Angela Markham.

Opponents feared that dissolution could have interrupted many services people receive from the village.

Supporters of dissolution had said village taxes are too high and that the town of Sweden is in a much better financial position to provide services.

There were also many concerns related to a new state law which requires people to vote for dissolution before a dissolution plan is actually drawn up.

Now that the village government will remain active in Brockport, the village board will continue to provide the same services to its more than 8,000 Brockport residents.

Brockport Mayor Connie Casteneda said this is just the beginning and that a lot of work must be done in order to have an effective government.

"Hopefully things won't go back to normal. I think again the board has a lot of work ahead of them and we need to establish some policies and look to how we can better service the taxpayers," Casteneda said.

According to those who supported the dissolution, they feel the decision will cost residents in the long run. Brockport is the second-highest-taxed municipality in Monroe County.

Dissolution supporter Rhett King believes the village has struggled financially for the past few years and it is a problem that will continue.

"I guess to me all that it means is instead of the village government being gone in a year in a half, it will take a little longer because the village government cannot sustain itself," King said.

Out of the 2,700 registered voters 59 percent came out to vote. The official results of Tuesday's vote will be available Wednesday afternoon.

Village of Brockport

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