So it might well be time for the village to announce it will no longer fund the library as it is time for the towns to take on that task as other towns, such as Hartwick, already do for their libraries. Besides, village residents would still contribute to the library through their town taxes. And surely the village could put that $88,000 savings toward the streets about which we suspect those people coming into the village to use the library complain bitterly.
Likewise, we can’t help but wonder if it is time for the village to fully investigate shared services with other municipalities. This is something the school district already does and would seem to make sense for the village as well. We well realize there are no easy answers. But we also suspect the problems with the village finances will not be solved by simply trying to continually raise more and more revenue that may or may not be helpful to the big picture in the long run.
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