Representatives of a citizens’ group seeking to dissolve the Silver Lake village government filed a petition Wednesday calling for a Nov. 4 referendum on the issue.
A representative of the group, Moving Silver Lake Forward, said 440 signatures were collected. Only 124 valid signatures are needed for the petition to be valid.
If sufficient signatures are certified by village Clerk Terry Faber, the question will be put on the Nov. 4 ballot.
If a two-thirds majority vote in favor of the dissolution, the property now in Silver Lake would become part of Salem, as it was before the village incorporated in 1926.
The group’s Chairman Bruce Nopenz said in a written statement:
We were heartened by the overwhelming outpouring of support by the community once they heard about our efforts to dissolve. Silver Lake Citizens have been observing the deteriorating situation in our community for many years now, and realize that it won’t be getting better on its own. We need to make positive changes away from our current situation, and change course for a better tomorrow. We think re-joining The Town of Salem will achieve that goal.”
The group cites constraints to growth and economic development — and resulting high taxes – along with a dysfunctional village government as the reasons its member are seeking the dissolution.
An informal analysis by Salem staff last year also said that local municipal taxes for Silver Lake residents would be lower if they were part of the town instead of the village.