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Will Amherst follow Lancaster's lead?

   Because of a confluence of events, Amherst could choose to ask voters whether to cut two members from its Town Board this year.

   Amherst is one of the few remaining communities with a seven-member board. The Village of Lancaster will no longer have membership in that club, after residents last week voted to downsize.

   If Amherst wants to take action this year - with one board member not seeking re-election and another about to leave the board to be town clerk - the time could be right. But to do this year would require a costly special election.

   Still, the long-term savings would more than offset the cost of the election.

   Should the town start the downsizing wheels in motion?

  --- Bruce Andriatch

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