Decision day on dissolution

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 January 2015 at 12:00 am

Voters go to polls from noon to 9 p.m.

Photo by Tom Rivers – Village residents will vote today at the former New York Central Railroad Station, which is currently the Senior Center at 615 West St.

MEDINA – Village residents 18 and older will go to the polls today to decide if Medina will continue its village government.

Dissolution has been in the news for many months, even drawing the attention of media in Rochester and Buffalo. Supporters of dissolution say it will help reduce the tax burden on village residents, who pay one of the highest combined tax rates for school, village, town and county taxes in the state.

Dissolution opponents fear critical village services would be lost, especially with police and a paid fire department. They point to Lyons, which last year voted to dissolve its village with a plan for the Town of Lyons to assume police services.

The Town Board has decided not to continue the Lyons Police Department, with the calls to be handled by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department after Dec. 31.