Amherst has more than 100,000 people, but few of them live in Amherst. They live in Snyder, Eggertsville, East Amherst, Getzville, and other hamlets. It doesn't cost any of them an extra nickel to be part of that smaller community.
But if you live in Williamsville, you have to pay more in taxes because there is a village government to support.
Is it worth it? Couldn't Williamsville - or Kenmore or Sloan or any other village - still exist without five elected officials and the other trappings of government? Aren't we long past the time when we need that extra layer of government? Or is it, as village officials like to say, a small price to pay for that extra level of service?
--- Bruce Andriatch