Disincorporation means that the Village ceases to exist as a municipal entity.
Village government folds shop – stops collecting Village taxes, Village services are eliminated, and what today is the Village gets absorbed into the Township. Village Police are disbanded, with police coverage provided by the County Sheriff Department, with the corresponding reduction in coverage and increase in response times. Snowplowing would be provided by the Kalamazoo County Road Commission, again with the loss of local service and increased wait times for them to get to our streets.
What’s not clear is whether there would truly be a savings to taxpayers, as the impact of absorbing governance of the Village on Township taxes is indeterminate.
Other follow-on effects are likely to be reduction in property values in the Village, higher insurance costs for Village businesses due to elimination of local police, elimination of Village master planning and zoning.
Bottom line: disincorporation will eliminate valued services that Village residents and businesses have enjoyed for decades. Our Village is a center of community and commerce, not just a crossroads … let’s build a better solution!