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Blasdell group to present dissolution data

BLASDELL -- A group opposed to dissolving the Village of Blasdell says it has crunched the numbers and found its analysis points to keeping village government in place.

A Better Blasdell plans to present its data on potential dissolution scenarios tonight during an informational meeting for the public at 7 p.m. tonight at Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant on South Park Avenue.

"There will be no mincing of words," said David Adrian, a member of A Better Blasdell and a Village Trustee. "We strongly feel that it's not in Blasdell's best interest to dissolve."

Adrian said the group wants to present to residents its analysis of the cost of dissolving the village of about 2,200 people in the Town of Hamburg. The meeting is timed to coincide with a new state law that took effect Sunday that makes it easier for residents to force a vote on dissolving village governments.

Members of A Better Blasdell want to pro-actively present their side of the issue, Adrian said.

Village Administrator Janet Plarr, who will attend the meeting tonight as a guest, said her analysis of homes in the village shows most village residents would pay more in taxes if the village was dissolved.

"You have to look at it on a village-by-village, town-by-town basis, and unfortunately when people go out in the public and make a blanket statement, it doesn't cover everyone," Plarr said.

Hear Adrian describe the group's efforts in this audio clip:

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