Moving Lyons Forward!

Final Vote:  519 (60%) YES – UNITE / 353 (40%) NO

The voters of the Village of Lyons have voted a second time by a significant margin for the dissolution of the village government and unification of the Village with the Town of Lyons. It is now time for our Town and Village officials to work together for a coordinated and smooth transition for unification that will benefit our whole Lyons community by January 1, 2016.

OneLyons plans to stay engaged in this process and looks forward to serving the community in anyway we can. We would like to thank all of those who guided and supported us in this long process to bring tax relief and fairness to the Lyons community.

May God bless the efforts of all who seek and work for the health, vitality and prosperity of the whole Lyons community now and in future years.
– OneLyons

Initial Vote Results = 165 Vote Margin YES to dissolve.

We are cautiously optimistic about the initial results.  The initial results show 783 Ballots were cast with 474 Yes, 309 No.  That is a margin of 165 votes, or 61%.  There will be a hand count audit tomorrow by the Board of Elections, and an audit of the Absentee Ballots on Thursday.  We look forward to receiving the final results.  We believe this was an informed ballot, and we look forward to working with the Village and the Town in moving forward in this process.  A more formal press release will be released after the Absentee Ballots are counted and certified on Thursday.

As we move forward, we ask everyone to review our initial VISION STATEMENT and help us work to achieve that as we now come together to engage our Village and Town Officials to begin the process of dissolution and working to re-unite our community:

Our vision is to create a community where taxes are reasonable and fairly shared, restrictions on business development and personal property are reasonable and as minimal as possible, and the government that represents us is responsive to us and treats us equally and fairly. We believe that Lyons is a community that encompasses all of the village and town of Lyons.  Dissolving the village of Lyons will not result in the loss of our history, heritage, culture, or common beliefs.  The benefits of a unified government may better prepare our community to attract businesses and citizens to live here.  We will have one set of zoning rules, codes, and laws that are predictable and not overly burdonsome.  We will have a more equitable distribution of costs that will benefit everyone as they tend to be more involved in the process of government.  Our public services will be unified in purchasing and efficiency, thus eliminating waste that hurts those on fixed budgets.  Together, we can unite under one government and work to solve our issues.

Village of Lyons – $3 savings on a $50,000 home in 2014 versus $460 for dissolving…. and still losing 24 out of every 100 gallons of water purchased…

The Fingerlakes Times reported the Village plans to save taxpayers $0.06 per $1,000 assessment for 2014The dissolution plan calls for$9.21 per $1,000 savings starting in 2015 if we vote YES.  NYCOM told us 9/25/2012 that there is a guaranteed savings of $4.78 per $1,000 assessed because that’s the amount we subsidize the town taxpayers and would be removed.

For a $50,000 assessed home, the Village plans to save you $3 in 2014.  Dissolution would save you $460.50 starting in 2015.  The Alternatives to Dissolution pushed by the Village depend upon them following their promises and would save $87.

The Village of Lyons has released it’s required annual Water Report for 2013:  Village of Lyons Water Report for 2013       Results show we are still losing 24 per 100 gallons of water purchased, for a total calculated loss of 28,532,000 gallons in 2013.   If this was a residential or commercial customer in the village, the 1st 5,000 Gallons were covered in the basic charge, the rest would have cost $199,689.  The village doesn’t post what our cost to buy the water per gallon is, so can we assume that Lyons lost almost $200,000 in preventable loss due to our poor infrastructure in 2013?

The advertisements from the “Save Lyons” group remind taxpayers that we all know what our taxes will remain if we vote no….  we will be one of the highest taxed villages in the USA, and the highest in Wayne County.

Voting YES gives us a definite savings of close to $5 per $1,000 and a real chance to truly change our future and come together to address the issues in our community and make it a sustainable place to live and have business in.

 

If you could save $460 or $87, which would you choose? The solution is dissolution!!!!!

OneLyons 1st Mailer 20140001   – Our mailer we sent out.  Dissolution IS the Solution!

Why should individual property owners, residents, and tenants in the Village of Lyons consider a YES vote on March 18?  How much savings are we actually talking?  At the $9.21 per $1,000 savings projected by the Village of Lyons Board of Trustees in our current dissolution plan, a homeowner assessed at $50,000 would save $460 per year.  That’s the equivalent of 115 gallons of gasoline priced at $4 per gallon.  What else could that homeowner use that $ for?  Heating homes?  Groceries?  Rent or Mortgage?  Prescriptions?

Further, ask yourself if history supports the promises that the Village Board would follow through and save $1.74 per $1,000 by adopting the Alternatives to Dissolution?  The Alternatives to Dissolution would save taxpayers a whopping $87 per year for a $50,000 assessed home!

If this dissolution vote fails – what motivation would there be for the Village to change it’s behavior and push for efficiencies?  Why would they now start obeying the Open Meetings and Freedom of Information Laws?  Do you think the secrecy of Executive Sessions, Special Meetings, and Arbitrary Enforcement of Laws and Codes will change for the better if this dissolution vote fails?

OneLyons invites the community to educate themselves ahead of the planned vote on March 18.  Here is the dissolution plan originally adopted by the Lyons Village Board:

dissolution_plan of Village of Lyons 2014

Here’s the amendments they ultimately made to that original plan on November 4, 2013:     Village of Lyons Dissolution Plan 2014 Addendum

Here’s the original 2011 Savings and Consolidation Study performed by CGR which the Village ignored and led to the dissolution push.  Lyons – Final Report – Updated 12-23-11

http://www.empirecenter.org/AboutUs//EmpireIdeas/2014/02/empireideasstreamlining.cfm – Overview of how taxpayers and citizens can work with local governments to save $.

Please contact us on our webpage form if there’s more information you want but don’t see here!

Please consider a YES vote March 18 – Tell your friends and neighbors.  Remember to check out our other pages here for more information.