Victory residents voting on dissolution plan
Residents of Victory are voting on the future of their own village. Our Vince Gallagher has more.
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VICTORY, N.Y. -- With just a little more than 600 residents, Victory is one of the smallest villages in New York State, but soon it may not be a village at all.
Victory resident Helen Myers said, "We wouldn't have our village office to go and tell our troubles to. We would have nothing, and if is the way people want to live I feel so bad."
Village resident Helen Myers is referring to the possible dissolution of Victory, which is up for a vote Tuesday. If it passes, the village would cease to exist and become part of the Town of Saratoga.
Myers said, "Instead of losing everything we have, we would gain in the end if people could only take it into their head and their hearts to understand this."
Many say the loss of village services such as waste removal will end up costing the average resident even more, while others say the dissolution will actually lower taxes.
Myers said, "We would be paying for our own garbage pickup, our leaf pickup would not be done, or roads would not be plowed by our regular person."
Victory resident Michael Perry said, "It could be anywhere from 29 to 69 percent savings. Everybody complains about their taxes. We are given a rare opportunity once in a great while to actually do something about the mismanagement and the loss of fundage."
The dissolution would eliminate an extra layer of government and services - services some say they're not happy with in the first place.
"I pay less money to have a guy come in and take bags out of here as much as I want a month than what I would pay weekly for the village," said a resident.
In addition to garbage collection, the village pubic works crew also offers leaf and brush pickup, which is not currently provided by the Town of Saratoga. Then there's another service - the fire department
Fire Chief Larry Wolcott said, "The fire department would no longer be here as the Victory Mills Fire Department. It would either be covered by either Schuylerville or the Town of Saratoga Department in Quaker Springs."
Many feel this will be a close vote, since many have different views on Victory.
Perry said, "The only people that are going to suffer in this village if we dissolve the village are the powers that be."
Voting will be taking place through 9 p.m. tonight at the village clerk's office. If it passes, the dissolution will take effect on December 31st of next year.