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Farnham residents reject dissolution proposal

No thanks. We’re fine just the way we are.


That appeared to be the general sentiment from residents in the Village of Farnham after they overwhelmingly voted Tuesday (Sept. 28) to not dissolve their village government.


Unofficial results from Tuesday’s vote found that 130 people voted against dissolving the village government and only 37 voted in favor of starting the dissolution process.


It is believed Farnham, which is the smallest village in Erie County, has approximately 230 registered voters.


Mayor Terry Caber Sr. and his four colleagues on the Farnham  Village Board were among those who were opposed to the dissolution proposal, with the elected officials pointing out that there were no guarantees that dissolving Farnham and having services be taken over by the Town of Brant would save taxpayers money.


The overwhelmingly choice by Farnham residents to keep things operating as is was the latest example of the majority of taxpayers expressing that they are not convinced it is their best interests to dissolve their local government.


Measuring approximately one-square-mile, Farnham has approximately 311 residents.


Residents in Farnham voted like those in the villages of Sloan Williamsville did earlier this year by strongly opposing dissolution.


It is believed volunteers from the Village of Hamburg are now circulating petitions in order to put the dissolution vote on the ballot in that community.
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