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High cost of a village

February 2, 2013 - John D'Agostino
Last month, Fredonia Mayor Stephen Keefe gave his State of the Village address.

In a majority of the speech, made at the White Inn at the Fredonia Rotary Club, Keefe talked about services for the village. However, the bigger concern for those in attendance was bringing jobs to the region.

Those jobs are scarce now — and concerns regarding the future of the Carriage House facility in the village continue. Raising taxes and water fees are not business friendly, but are the easy money grab for the village.

Why villages, towns and cities cannot keep going down the traditional road of "services and security" is outlined in this portion of Keefe's speech. He talks about the high cost of running a village that has a population of around 7,000 when the college is not in session.

These costs to the village are unsustainable and delivery of the services is — without question — inefficient.

Click on the link at right to listen.


Article Comments



Feb-10-13 9:45 PM

Village population is over 11,000 when you add the college its about 16,000. Most college students are counted at their home town, mine are! Observers facts are off--as usual


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