Village Dissolution Votes Tuesday

August 17, 2010 Updated Aug 17, 2010 at 8:13 AM EDT

By WKBW Programming

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August 17, 2010 Updated Aug 17, 2010 at 8:13 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Voters in the villages of Williamsville in Amherst and Sloan in Cheektowaga will be heading to the polls Tuesday to vote on the dissolution of their village governments.

Downsizing advocate Kevin Gaughan has been making a final push to drum up support from residents to eliminate the village governments and dissolve them into their towns.

Resistance is fierce, however, with many lawns sporting 'Protect Village Life' and 'Get out Gaughan' signs. Many village residents are perfectly happy paying higher taxes to maintain their current services and lifestyle.

Gaughan, however, insists that resident can still enjoy the village life without having a village government. Gaughan argues that there are too many layers of government in Western New York, which drives up property taxes and drives away young people.

Polls are open in Williamsville at the Village Hall on Main Street from Noon until 9:00 p.m., and in Sloan at the Sloan fire hall, also from Noon to 9:00 p.m.