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The Village of Richfield Springs Is Here To Stay

One of Otsego County's oldest villages is here to stay. The Village of Richfield Springs will remain intact and will not consolidate with the town of Richfield Springs.
One of Otsego County's oldest villages is here to stay. The Village of Richfield Springs will remain intact and will not consolidate with the town of Richfield Springs.
Residents were in and out of town hall Tuesday to vote on a proposed dissolution of the village. Polls closed at 9 pm and the vote to keep the village was a majority rules.
Here are the numbers after a first count: 288 residents voted against the dissolution while 48 voted in favor of it.
The vote came after village resident and former county legislator Alexander Shields created a petition and forced a referendum on whether or not to dissolve the village, ultimately consolidating it with the town. Shields said consolidation would have lowered taxes and would have gotten rid of duplicate services but, it appears more residents thought their historic village is far more important than a possible decrease in taxes. Especially, the mayor of the village who says he is pleased his residents came out to vote and show support.
"This is very good news, we had over three hundred and thirty people including absentee ballots come out to vote which is excellent support for the village, that's half of our voters basically and overwhelmingly they voted no to dissolution, so I’m very pleased,” said Mayor Ronald Frohne.
Mayor Frohne says he expects the votes to be finalized tomorrow morning. The vote was open to village residents who are registered voters, not residents of the town.

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