This website is designed to keep the community updated and engaged with the development of the Interim Dissolution Study for the Village of Highland Falls.
Village of Fort Johnson Proposed Dissolution Plan
On February 24, 2022, the Village of Fort Johnson Board of Trustees voted to explore the option of dissolution of the Village government which would result in absorption of governance and services by the Town of Amsterdam. The Village Board of Trustees has applied for a New York State Citizen Reorganization Grant (CREG) to fund the study of dissolution and the development of this Proposed Dissolution Plan.
Why Study the Impacts of Dissolution and Develop a Proposed Dissolution Plan?
The Village of Fort Johnson has a long history of good governance, responsiveness to constituents, and delivery of quality services. The demands of operating and administering small Villages have become increasingly complex in recent years, presenting operational challenges for small communities across New York State and straining the affordability for property taxpayers. Further complicating matters, residents’ lives have become busier than ever, so that in many small communities it is increasingly challenging to recruit candidates for elected positions and staff.
The Village of Fort Johnson has operated with a lean central administration dependent on a single part-time employee. The Village also employs two staff to deliver its highway, parks, and sewer services. This lean staffing structure presents challenges related to available backup and continuity of services. It is also difficult for small governments to take advantage of economies of scale and cost saving strategies that can produce property tax savings.
The Village Board of Trustees determined that now is the right time to explore the pros and cons of dissolution to determine if there are opportunities to create increased long-term stability in governance and operations; improve services; improve efficiency and effectiveness; and produce property tax savings. The Proposed Dissolution Plan will provide an assessment of the impact of a potential dissolution on governance, service, service delivery, and cost to taxpayers.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Click HERE to learn about upcoming public meetings and/or to view content from a recent public meeting.
After development and adoption of a Proposed Dissolution Plan, the Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing on the Dissolution Plan. The Board may amend the Plan, and has the option to either approve a Final Dissolution Plan or elect to end the dissolution process.
If the Board approves a Final Dissolution Plan, they will then enact a resolution calling for a public referendum. The electorate will then have the opportunity to vote on whether or not to dissolve the Village.
If a referendum is called, the date, time, and location will be posted on this website, so be sure to check back often or click HERE to sign-up for email notifications.
Village of Fort Johnson Board
Hon. Michael Simmons, Mayor
Hon. William Maines, Deputy Mayor
Hon. James Bartone, Trustee
Hon. Kimberly Simmons, Trustee
Hon. William Smith, Trustee
Town of Amsterdam Board
Hon. Thomas P. DiMezza, Town Supervisor
Hon. David Thibodeau. Deputy Supervisor
Hon. Brent Phetteplace, Councilman
Hon. Mary Maines, Councilman
Hon. Ronald DiCaprio, Councilman
More to come.
This website will provide information about opportunities for public input, meeting updates, relevant documents, and additional information as it becomes available. Please check back often for updates.
Updated March 29, 2022