continued Byrne then proposed that the village look into the possibility of merging its highway department with Dewitt’s. Derby responded that the village had not looked into merging the entire department, but through the last Local Government Efficiency grant, it had explored the possibility of several areas where consolidation could happen. In the end, however, there wasn’t much “bang for the buck” on the village’s end and the idea was put to rest.
Tackman said he plans to announce the date for the next budget public hearing later this week. In the meantime, the board plans to continue to work vigorously on keeping the tax rate as low as possible. Derby will be contacting the town of Dewitt about a reassessment of the properties within the village.
“We’re all locked into this village,” Mosley said. “What do you do? You can’t sell your house and you’re stuck with a 26 percent tax increase. This village has to get rid of some departments to survive. You can’t expect people to pay three times as much as they do in Fayetteville.”