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City option worth look

February 24, 2014

Dunkirk Town Board member Robert Penharlow has an excellent idea....

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Escapee

Feb-25-14 7:02 PM

Whatever your opinion of government consolidation and at whatever level you think it might be useful or wasteful; Robert Penharlow deserves recognition for considering the cost of government. I too often see our elected and appointed public servants concentrating on increasing or maintaining income revenues without regard for the cost the taxpayers have to bear. Thank you Mr. Robert Penharlow.

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DarkStar

Feb-25-14 12:49 PM

crusin,

Not sure how the County government could be any worse then a dozen different governments, do you think by increasing the size and layers of government would make developer money any less useful and getting what they want?

Honolulu County is considerably smaller then Chautauqua County, in land mass at, (40% smaller in land but when water area is added it's about 33% larger) but it has 950k people as opposed to our 134k which gives Honolulu a population density 11.5 times that of Chautauqua County, and Honolulu unlike our county is thriving.

Yet ironically while Honolulu thrives, Chautauqua County, with all it's layers of government is dying on the vine, and some still think Chautauqua County needs more and more government.

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PR24601

Feb-25-14 8:47 AM

@cruisin/rumble - dropping in on your discussion here.. I don't think the problem is the combined approach under a county government. I think the problem is the city of Honolulu is big enough that it is a case where it should have it's own government.

In Chautauqua County, this would equate to Jamestown needing it's own city government, but every other part of the county would be under one governmental structure.

I agree with Phil - you look around and why do Sheridan, Pomfret, Hanover, T.o.Dunkirk, Portland all need their own town govt's? It makes no sense.

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PhilJulian

Feb-25-14 8:36 AM

CRUISIN - I don't think you can compare Chautauqua County with Honolul. Condos were built in Bemus Point but for lack of investors those condos are now controlled by the financing bank. There are many areas of the country where government is centralized at the county level.Quality services are provided at a reasonable cost. Coincidently, many of those low cost areas are the ones that are growing and prosperous.

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commentor

Feb-25-14 8:13 AM

No need for Town Govt's. Dissolve them all!!!

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cruisin

Feb-24-14 8:39 PM

irt rumblefish: The prosperity here has nothing to do with the size of our local govt. It is due to a tropical, romanticized destination for millions of tourists and a strong military presence with tons of federal funding. County local govt is unresponsive to the people who live and work here.

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rumblefish

Feb-24-14 4:23 PM

so what exactly is the problem cruisin from what you posted only difference is there is prosperity where you live as opposed to same government and no prosperity here, but NYS has plenty of bennies to take care of the homeless and impoverished

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cruisin

Feb-24-14 2:32 PM

Sorry Phil but centralizing govt at the county level isn't always the best approach. I live in the City & County of Honolulu which has such a structure. Needless to say, the county council doesn't do a very good job of representing the people - the city folks, the suburbia, the farmers, the surfers, business, the military, tourism. Local communities have little or no voice at all. Developers flash some cash and more of our open spaces get turned into luxury multi-million dollar condos. People here are going homeless. Sure our property taxes are low but only because we don't pay for schools with that money.

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ILuvThisTown

Feb-24-14 1:09 PM

Will the building they buy within the City then become tax exempt since it will be a government building?

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PR24601

Feb-24-14 9:18 AM

We can't dissolve. What will become of the excess employees sucking off the public teet? How dare we insert rational ideas when there are tax dollars to spend?!?

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PhilJulian

Feb-24-14 8:55 AM

HOLY SMLOKES! Do I hear a dose of common sense coming from the lips of a local politician? RUMBLEFISH AND CHRISTOPHER both have the right idea. Dissolve the city and town governments and centralize all administrative functions at the county level. Cut the bureaucracy, reduce taxes and watch the area grow as our children and grandchildren discover that there can be pride and prosperity in our old hometowns.

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PhilJulian

Feb-24-14 8:55 AM

HOLY SMLOKES! Do I hear a dose of common sense coming from the lips of a local politician? RUMBLEFISH AND CHRISTOPHER both have the right idea. Dissolve the city and town governments and centralize all administrative functions at the county level. Cut the bureaucracy, reduce taxes and watch the area grow as our children and grandchildren discover that there can be pride and prosperity in our old hometowns.

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rumblefish

Feb-24-14 7:04 AM

we counter that offer with this, dissolve the city and let the town runs things, at least there is an idea and possible attempt to save a million not spend and them some

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Christopher

Feb-24-14 5:50 AM

How about just dissolving the Town of Dunkirk government and allow the county to pick up the slack? There's no reason for the Town of Dunkirk to exist.

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