Missed chance at reform
The fear of change has prevailed in Johnson City.
Opponents to dissolving the village into the Town of Union had their way, 2,257 votes to 2,215 favoring dissolution.
They had their chance to show the rest of the Southern Tier and Central New York - the Elmira-Corning and Ithaca areas - what it's like to fight high taxes by merging their village government into a less costly partnership with the Town of Union.
But it wasn't to be. Self-interest prevailed and foresight was flushed away, along with a chance for residents to slash their annual village tax bill - according to a study - by about 25 percent.
Certainly, dissolution wouldn't have solved all of JC's problems. But it would have been a start, and it would have sent a message to other communities to be more aggressive about saving their taxpayers' money.
JC residents would have kept their schools, parks and shopping areas. Police and fire protection would have been through the Town of Union and Broome County. Hardly anything would have changed except the size of their tax bills.
What a lesson in missed opportunities.November 13, 2009, 12:00 am
GANNETT NEW YORK NETWORK: Binghamton