VICTORY, N.Y. -- As local villages face higher taxes, they're looking to dissolve and share services in order to save money – and residents of the Village of Victory will vote on their own fate next Tuesday.
Some residents are in support of dissolving the village, but the majority is against it.
"If they have the dissolution they'll be no more village employees," said resident John Brownell.
Victory Mayor James Sullivan says he is in favor of the village's dissolution, citing a poor economy and way to move village government forward.
"And what I mean by that is, to things better together and more efficiently, it's important to have a combination of services from different government to do that. It's more efficient and it's less cost," said Mayor Sullivan.
Victory is one of two villages within the town of Saratoga. With an estimated 650 residents, it's also one of the smallest villages in the state.
According to Mayor Sullivan, who is not seeking re-election, residents can expect to see as much as a 50 percent tax saving if they vote "yes."
"And with the CETC, the citizen's empowerment tax credit, it could be upwards of 53 or 54 percent for some," he said.
Thomas Woods, town of Saratoga Supervisor, backs up the mayor's assertion that town taxes are less than village taxes -- but there are some things the village currently provides that the town won't.
"Such as garbage, trash removal. Those are done by private contractors within the town of Saratoga," said Woods.
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