All villages are not the same. Some are small, and some are large. Some require more services than others.
What's unique about Rushville is that it has been well managed over the years. Having been town of Gorham supervisor for 14 years, I have observed the workings of the village and know many residents living in it. They all take pride in keeping up their properties, and this is what makes a community. If the village dissolves, there will have to be fire, sewer, water and light districts formed.
Who will pay for the cost to form the districts will be determined by the towns. These districts would all be taxed as assessments except sewer. Water is taxed only because of the debt balance. After a quick review of the village budget and what tax assessments will be for the districts, I have concluded the Gorham side would be paying approximately 50 cents per $1,000 more in taxes, because of the loss of sales tax revenue received by the village. On the Potter side, there will be no savings or a break even.
The Mabel Blodgett Reading Center and Rushville Cemetery will transition with no problem. They will need to form associations, if not already. Any dedicated cemetery or reading funds under village control will be transferred to their association. The reading center should continue to obtain funds from both towns or increase the Marcus Whitman Central School library tax allotment.
Also, ask what will happen to Village Hall, which houses the village offices and Rushville Historical Society? Who will maintain the village parking lot, park, walking trail, sidewalk maintenance and sidewalk snow removal? Also, remember the drainage and fall leaf pickup program. If the village dissolution is approved, the village board will determine "the plan," which could mean nothing, because the two towns can accept, revise or start over. If it gets to a plan approved by the village board, it must hold a public hearing. If the village voters don't like the plan, they can petition another vote.
You have to remember that a government closest to the people is the best-serving government. After the village residents research the issue of dissolving, a "no" vote is the way to go forward.