Is Endicott Next To Think About Dissolving?

By Gabe Osterhout

July 22, 2010 Updated Aug 15, 2006 at 12:49 AM EDT

Mayor Joan Hickey Pulse says she first considered dissolving when the village was in financial distress in 2004.

And until Monday night, that's as far as the idea went.

But now, Pulse, and some trustees say they would consider it.

In an effort to save taxpayers money.

Endicott Clerk Treasurer Tom Johnson says dissolving the village is something that needs to be thought about carefully.

"A village this size could take quite a bit of doing to dissolve," says Johnson.

Johnson, Mayor Joan Hickey Pulse and others say dissolving the village won't come easy.

There are a number of factors to consider.

"This village has debt outstanding of 13 million dollars. Do you think the town would be happy to take that on? Of course not. By that same token, the village has millions tied up in equipment, infrastructure and buildings," says Johnson.

Trustees say this is something they don't want to rush into.

"We must do it with our eyes open. We must do proper studies, not just grab 30 second sound bytes or headlines," says trustee Joseph Nirchi.

Mayor Pulse warns, once the decision to dissolve is made, it can't be overturned.

And while the goal is to save taxpayers money, there's no guarantee that'll happen.

"Dissolution would not generate short term savings. It would create the possibility...CREATE THE POSSIBILITY for long term benefits," says Mayor Hickey Pulse.

Trustees each plan to research the idea.

Although no timetable has been set for further talks.

In the end, the Village Board would need to hold a public hearing and put the idea of dissolving the village up for a public vote.

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