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Amelia Voters Decide Against Dissolution

Reported by: Lynn Giroud
Photographed By: Jeremy Glover
Last Update: 5/06 12:34 am
A long-fought battle in Amelia over whether to dissolve the village is now over.

The issue failed by a 2-to-1 margin, meaning Amelia won't be dissolving anytime soon.

There were those who feared dissolving the village would destroy 109 years of history and would threaten public safety as the village's police officers lose their jobs.

"We have 12 people on our police force, and we will not have the same level of service that we currently have," said Melita Ellington, with Save Our Village. "We have our services, we have our government –  and we have a wonderful sense of community."

But on the other side, people who voted for the dissolution say Pierce and Batavia townships are more than capable of taking over basic services.

“This is a layer of government that is burdensome, we don't need it anymore," said Tammy Robinson of Dissolve Amelia Now. "It's not getting rid of a community. Your neighbors are still gonna be your neighbors. The feeling of community is still there," she said.

Robinson also says dissolving the village would save money, because a one-percent earnings tax that has been discussed in the past, couldn't be imposed.

It's a debate that has raged on for 16-months.

The campaign signs along Main Street were large and plentiful on Election Day, and as the votes were tallied it quickly became clear that most people want the village to stay just the way it is.

"You're running against a certain level of the unknown," said Curt Hartman with Dissolve Amelia Now.

"People are comfortable with the status quo,” added Hartman. “They know it, they may not like it, they may complain about aspects here or there, but at least they know what they got.”

“You're asking them to take a step into the unknown, somewhat," said Hartman.

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