The people in the remoter portions of the city territory had for many years been opposed to sharing the heavy financial burdens incident to the city government. The cost of paved and lighted streets--of public buildings--of city improvements generally, was being paid in proportion to their assessments by the citizens four and five miles distant equally with those in the city proper. . . . It is true that perhaps nine-tenths of the people of Greenport--weekly and many of them daily--enjoy all the city improvements, and therefore it was argued that they might justly be required to pay for them. Yet there was danger that useless and unnecessary expenses would be voted by the compactly settled portion of the city despite the protest of the "rural districts."
The outcome of the referendum in Hudson was clear on Election Night: Hudson residents had voted more than 2 to 1 to approve the increased funding. In Greenport, the outcome was different. The referendum appeared to have been defeated by 19 votes, but that could change when the absentee ballots were counted.
On Wednesday, the absentee ballots from Greenport were counted at the Board of Elections, and the final results were made available. In the final count, the library referendum failed by 23 votes. Going forward, the taxpayers of Hudson will be contributing $250,000 annually to the library--50 percent of the library's $500,000 annual operating budget--and Greenport will continue to contribute $7,000--1.4 percent of the library's annual budget.
COPYRIGHT 2017 CAROLE OSTERINK