By a 5-to-4 margin, residents of the Town of Evans rejected a proposal on Tuesday’s ballot to increase the size of the Town Council from three to five members. The unofficial vote total was 2,374 to 1,895.
The proposition, if passed, would have reversed a decision by voters in 2009 to create a three-member Council at urging of downsizing advocate Kevin Gaughan. Evans was one of five towns that reduced their governing bodies between 2009 and 2012. One of them, Hamburg, has returned to a five-member board.
Those who favored the proposition said that the smaller Council has difficulty conducting business. Those opposed cited the town’s financial difficulties and said that adding two new Council members would cost up to $80,000 annually.