A committee looking at ways Painted Post can save taxpayers money believes the best option is to dissolve the village.
Recent financial crises prompted village officials to form the ad hoc committee about a year ago to look at the possibility of shared services with the surrounding Town of Erwin.
Committee Chairman Phillip Roche presented a final report to village trustees Monday night.
The committee offered three options — shared services, functional consolidation or dissolution. In the latter case, village governance would be fully taken over by the town.
All things considered, dissolution would save the most money while preserving vital services, Roche said.
“The best-case scenario could result in a 43 percent tax decrease for village residents,” Roche said. “If I could get the same services at a lower cost, that’s the best way to go. I don’t see a whole lot of argument to maintain the current structure. We’re trying to take emotions out of this, and keep this strictly financial.”