Sunday, May 22, 2011

New locations for Government Efficiency & Effectiveness Forums


Does it make sense for New Paltz to have one local government?

New Paltz Government Efficiency & Effectiveness Project Seeks Input from Area Residents
Public Meetings have been scheduled to hear your ideas and concerns.
* Tuesday, May 31st 7PM at the New Paltz Community Center (behind Town Hall)
* Saturday, June 4th 9AM at the New Paltz High School cafeteria
* Monday, June 6th 5:30PM at the New Paltz Middle School cafeteria

The Town and Village of New Paltz have joined with the New Paltz Central School District and SUNY New Paltz to explore ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of local government in the New Paltz community. We would like to hear your thoughts about how local government should be structured in New Paltz. A draft report was recently completed that describes what a full consolidation of town and village government might mean for New Paltz. The study outlines the potential impact on taxpayers and raises important issues about how a single government for New Paltz could be organized.

Among these questions are:
Would consolidation improve efficiency and effectiveness of local government?
Should the consolidated municipality operate as a Town or a Village?
Should it provide some services through special districts?
Which executive positions should be elected or appointed?
Should elections be “at large” or based on a ward system?
How should fire protection be organized and provided?
What other thoughts do you have about the way New Paltz should structure its government?
The focus of these meetings is community input.

The goals of this process are to control property taxes, improve government responsiveness and deliver services efficiently, all while maintaining our community character. Please join us so your voice can be heard. You can download the draft report and/or confirm the meeting dates, times and venues at the project website at

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