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Gaughan challenges Hamburg Town Board to debate upsizing

Kevin Gaughan, the community activist who championed the downsizing of town boards, has challenged members of the Hamburg Town Board to a debate on upsizing the board.

Following a petition drive requesting a referendum on increasing the town board from three to five members, the Hamburg board decided to place the proposition before town voters on Election Day, Nov. 3.

Barbara A. Rogers, who organized a petition drive asking the board to hold a referendum, has described the three-member board as “a failed experiment.”

She also noted that it is a nonpartisan issue.

“This is not a political issue. It is not a partisan issue,” she said. “It’s a community issue.”

Hamburg voters in 2009 voted to downsize their board from five to three members.

In a letter to the board, Gaughan suggested two public sessions, overseen by an impartial moderator.

Gaughan contends the size of local government boards contributes to high taxes in Western New York.