Cherry Creek receives dissolution funds

Submitted Photo County Executive George Borrello and Legislator Terry Niebel present a check to Cherry Creek.

CHERRY CREEK — It appears as if government consolidation does pay off.

Earlier last month, County Executive George Borrello and County Legislator Terry Niebel, R-Sheridan, presented a check for $36,303 to Supervisor Bill Young and the Cherry Creek Town Board. The check represented the town’s share of funds available under the County’s Government Reduction Initiative program — a program unanimously adopted by the County Legislature in 2017. These funds were due to the town, because of the dissolution of the village of Cherry Creek, and are the equivalent of one year’s sales tax distribution for the former village.

In making the presentation, Borrello thanked village and town officials. “This is a perfect example of what can happen when elected officials from two different layers of government work together in the best interests of the taxpayers. I want to commend everyone involved who helped make this transition go so smoothly,” commented Borrello.

Niebel praised village voters for having the foresight to work toward dissolution. “Voters in the former village of Cherry Creek were well aware that in order for small communities to survive and prosper, unnecessary layers of government must be eliminated in order to reduce taxes,” said Niebel.

Supervisor Young thanked the county officials, noting the funds will be used for unanticipated expenses associated with the village dissolution.

The town of Cherry Creek becomes the second Chautauqua County township to receive monies under the County’s Government Reduction program. Last year the town of Hanover received $50,000 for the dissolution of the village of Forestville.

Also attending the Town Board meeting, were Cherry Creek’s former village mayor Bruce Hendricks and 35-year board member Betty Millspaw.