Police in Brockport are asking voters not to dissolve the village – which would also save the police department. Voters will cast their ballots on Tuesday.

With time running out until next week’s vote, Thursday was a last minute chance for the police department to express to Brockport voters how much they do for their community.

For those who say ‘no’ to keeping the village, it’s as simple as dollars and cents.

“I would like this village to look like when I first moved into it and it doesn’t,” said resident Karen Maynard. “And I’m tired of paying. Paying out my nose.”

But the relatively simple question of keeping the village or not comes with major ramifications.

Firstly, there would be no more police department, in a college town.

“What makes the village of Brockport different is there is a college that’s square in the middle of it, and we have 16,000 people in a 2.2 square mile area,” said Brockport Police Chief Daniel Varrenti. “That, coupled with the amount of rental properties in a 2.2 square mile area, definitely affects public safety if you don’t have a police department.”

The Mayor and Police Chief say the move to dissolve started with landlords looking to save money on taxes, but some who are hoping to dissolve say that’s not true.

“It’s not a group of landlords, because I’m not a landlord, my neighbors are not landlords, we’re all in the same boat,” said resident Tim Barry. “We’re paying for services we’re just not getting. The police department, as well as the village government, priced themselves beyond our means.”

The mayor says the town can only receive taxes from one-third of the residents in Brockport, and is always looking for ways to lower taxes.

“We can’t, as a village board, do much about lowering the tax rate,” said Mayor Margaret Blackman. “But what we can do, and what we have done, and what we will continue to do, is to look for outside sources of funding to reduce the tax burden.”

Six years ago, voters rejected a proposition to dissolve the village of Brockport.