It's an idea that's gaining popularity across the state: Dissolving towns and villages to save money. And while to date, no proposal has been approved by voters, the residents of Altmar had the chance to change that Wednesday. Our Andy Mattison has more from Oswego County.
ALTMAR, N.Y. -- The Village of Altmar will dissolve. That was the decision by voters Wednesday.
The vote itself was extremely close and filled with emotion for many neighbors. In the end, 80 people were in favor of the plan to merge with the Town of Albion, while 74 voted against it.
People on both sides felt strongly about the outcome.
"Well, I'm kind of shocked and surprised," said Altmar resident Neal Braley.
"I've put a lot of work in. You're not going to save money, you're going to lose services. This village has been here for a long time," said Village Clerk and Treasurer Margaret Bailey.
The next step for Altmar is to file a dissolution report. That could take several months. Also, there is the possibility of a petition to rescind the decision.