Residents Hear Proposal on Government Consolidation

April 26, 2011 Updated Apr 26, 2011 at 11:16 PM EDT

By WKBW Internet

April 26, 2011 Updated Apr 26, 2011 at 11:16 PM EDT

MEDINA, NY (WKBW) - The Village of Medina sits between the towns of Shelby and Ridgeway in Orleans County.

Tuesday night, residents came out to hear a proposal put forth by a committee made up of leaders from each of the three communities, that advocates for the three municipalities to merge in to one entity.

Nathan Pace, the chairman of the twelve-person committee, says that the rising costs and plateauing tax base in those communities are leading to financial trouble.

The three communities already share a number of services, but a full consolidation could see a long-term savings off $200,000 to $400,000 a year, the committee estimates. It could also make the new entity eligible for up to $600,000 more in state funding.

The committee says that combining the three would lead to greater efficiency and would not negatively impact services residents currently receive. They also say there would be no immediate job cuts, but that there would be a government restructuring with cuts and savings coming through natural attrition.

Residents will have an opportunity to give their feedback again on May 12 when another public meeting will be held. The committee will then make their final recommendation to leaders of the municipalities, who will in turn decide whether to put the resolution to vote.

Regardless of what happens in Orleans County, Pace believes that the consolidation of government is a trend that will continue in communities all across the state.

For more on the consolidation study, visit the project website here.