To the editor:
The recent issues regarding the village of Lake Placid — including questionable meetings and, as outlined in the recent comptroller’s report, allegations of a lack of financial oversight, misuse of village tax money, etc. — would appear to be problems for us to resolve as a community. They’re not really problems but rather symptoms of the overall problem, which is that we have dual governments or too much government for our size. It is time to consolidate the village and town into one entity, which will lead to efficiencies, which should lead to tax savings and which would lead to better oversight and control and, quite frankly, more effective government.
I’m an outsider who has only been here since 1975, but I have often wondered and pondered why such a small community has dual government. I’ve heard all the arguments over the years and can only conclude that there are three groups that want to maintain the dual form of government:
1) office holders who want to protect their positions of prestige, influence and power
2) individuals or groups who feel they have influence with and over these office holders
3) groups who have been influenced by the office holders to believe this is a good arrangement.
At the end of the day, it just doesn’t make sense under any circumstances. When you consider the recent findings by the comptroller’s office and the press, and the obvious inefficiencies, it really doesn’t make sense to continue the way we are. The state of New York is promoting, encouraging and to a degree funding consolidation of dual governments. It’s time for us to move into the 21st century.
I encourage all members of our community to seek out people for both boards, but particularly for the village board, who will embrace a platform of consolidation and then do everything possible to elect those people.