Surveys are fine but there is no substitute for actual democracy which for the Village of Potsdam comes in November with a referendum on village dissolution. A survey done by academics shows if you tell people it will lower taxes and then ask if they are in favor of dissolution, a majority says yes...If you phrase the question around possible loss of services, its a different answer.
In the rush to get rid of some of the layers of government, I am not down on villages or cities. They represent concentrations of population that allow for more efficient delivery of services. Its urban sprawl and the proliferation of utitlity districts that has made upstate NY more difficult to pay for. I will leave school districts aside for the moment, even though they consume more dollars than the municipalities they are in.
So far villages are the only subdivision of government there seems to be this stampede to get rid of...I think when you look at whole issue, villages are not the most problematic and indeed the dissolution of Seneca Falls has not created a Wonderful Life for people there.
There are many things that could be done to enhance efficiency, but institutionalizing urban sprawl is not among them......
Watertown Daily Times Potsdam residents favor dissolution to lower taxes