NORWOOD The village board has accepted a study outlining possible plans for the future of Norwood, including dissolution or forming a new town, but board members say they do not plan to take any immediate action.
Im always grateful for all the information we get together, but Im not ready to make a decision on it yet, board member Mike P. diVincenzo said.
The study was first commissioned last year, when the village of Potsdam was considering dissolution. If the dissolution had been approved, town of Potsdam residents might have seen a significant tax increase.
Some Norwood residents viewed creating a new town as the best way to remain in control of their own taxes. But this plan is not without its difficulties.
The Center for Governmental Research study indicated that dissolving the village of Norwood while maintaining services would lead to a tax cut for Norwood resident and a tax increase for those who live outside the village.
The creation of a new town, which is almost unprecedented in New York state, would greatly raise taxes for Potsdam residents living within the borders of the new town, and would likely prompt a political fight.
The village board accepted the study, but did not endorse any particular plans for the villages future.
We didnt adopt or and we didnt endorse it, but we accepted it, board member Timothy A. Levison said.
Village board members say more information needs to be gathered before any action is considered.
At this point I think were going to look the report over on a regular basis and try to refine it, Mr. Levison said.
The village of Potsdam may someday return to the question of dissolution, and at that point the study will be beneficial to Norwood residents, according to Mr. DiVincenzo.
Im believing we really needed to do some fact-checking, do some background stuff, and be prepared for whatever comes down the road, he said. I think its something to keep in the back pocket until we get looking at it and make sure its a good direction for everybody here.
Mr. Levinson said he also does not plan any immediate action, but if enough village residents make it clear that they want to act on the plan he will back them, as long as it is clear that whatever option is being pursued is the best for the village.
There are some of them that want something done right away, he said. I cant see any big rush in it.