Fredonia voters OK election date move

The village of Fredonia will no longer be the odd man out. Residents in the village voted in favor of a proposition to move the village elections, 738 to 21.

Mayor Stephen Keefe said the decision “just makes sense” to move the elections from March to November. He cited an unfair disadvantage to new trustees during budget, an odd time and cost as to why the elections should be moved.

“It just makes sense. We’ve been over and over again why it makes sense,” he said.

Those who are elected in March are sworn in April 1 and are thrown into budget sessions that have already been occurring for a few months without them. Village budgets need to be approved in May. Newly elected officials will be sworn in and have only about a month before the new fiscal year begins.

“It’s an unfair situation to throw them into the budget process,” Keefe said.

Keefe also said that a Monday in March is an off time to have an election, citing many residents don’t even know it’s election day. Finally, each election the village holds can cost between $3,500 and $5,000.

By moving the election to November, the village will have a cost savings.

“The village doesn’t pay a cent for November,” he said.

The village will move their elections to November starting with the next village elections to be held in 2015.

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