Conversation Held in Amherst to Discuss Downsizing

October 20, 2010 Updated Oct 20, 2010 at 11:34 PM EDT

By WKBW News

October 20, 2010 Updated Oct 20, 2010 at 11:34 PM EDT

AMHERST, NY - Residents in Western New York's largest suburb were provided an opportunity to voice their concerns and questions to the town board tonight regarding a downsizing proposal that would see the board reduced from six members to four.

Residents will vote on the referendum on election day, November 2nd.
A special election was supposed to be held in June to decide this measure but board members decided to hold-off the vote until November to save money and hope for better turnout when residents normally vote.

Supervisor Barry Weinstein says if the measure is passed the town could save approximately $150,000. That would include the elimination of two council member salaries, health, benefits and mandated payments. He also said if two members were gone a clerical position could also be eliminated.

Many in attendance weren't concerned about how much money the town could save, they wanted to know everyone could be represented properly.

Downsizing activist Kevin Gaughan made an appearance. He says Amherst residents have an excellent opportunity to reduce the size and cost of their government. Gaughan also says reducing the town board would allow more citizens to take part in their community and have a stronger voice.