Petition with more than 1,700 signatures pushing to dissolve government in Village of Depew

DEPEW, N.Y. (WIVB) — Some people who live in the Village of Depew are trying to get the government there dissolved. They submitted a petition to the Village clerk last week with more than 1,700 signatures.

The signatures were gathered by going door to door over the summer. The petition is now in the hands of the Erie County Board of Elections. The board is validating the signatures, and making sure they’re registered voters. At least 973 of those signatures need to be validated for the Village to schedule a vote within 60 to 90 days, that could happen in December.

By the end of the day Thursday the village should be releasing whether or not a vote to dissolve the government will be scheduled.

“In the Village of Depew we have some of the highest taxes in Western New York, the growth in Depew has been stagnant for many years so our tax base is basically not increased. Only way they can continue to pay for increasing cost of village government is to raise our taxes, the fees, and the debt,” said Irvine Reinig II, Village of Depew resident.

The Village Administrator says more than 170 employees work for the Village of Depew. She says if the village is dissolved, it’s likely most of those employees could be affected.

News 4 received a flyer stating that many residents who signed the petition were mislead, and under the impression that they were signing a petition to have a study conducted. The Village Administrator did confirm that several residents did raise those concerns at last nights board meeting.

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