About the study


Congregational ChurchThe Village of Candor is located in Tioga County in the Southern Tier of New York State. The Village encompasses half a square mile in the 95-square mile Town of Candor. In 2008, U.S. Census estimated 5,138 residents live in the Town with 794 of those living in the Village.


In October 2009, the Village Board received a petition with 149 signatures calling for a plan of dissolution of the Village government to be formulated and presented to Village voters at a referendum. For various reasons, the petition was declared invalid by the Village. However, the Village Board decided there was enough interest to move forward and conduct a dissolution study and plan.  


The Board formed a Dissolution Study Committee and charged the committee with the development of a dissolution plan. In April 2010, the Village hired the Center for Governmental Research (CGR), an objective nonprofit policy research firm, to provide technical assistance to the Study Committee.


The primary goal of the study is to provide the Village of Candor residents with the necessary data about the most cost effective ways to deliver municipal services up to and including dissolution of the Village. It is the intent of the Village Board to place a dissolution plan for the Village before voters in March 2011.


Under New York State Village Law Article 19, the Village is required to form a dissolution study committee (which it has done — see above) comprised of residents of the community (including Town outside of Village residents).  The committee is tasked with developing a formal dissolution plan to deliver to the Village Board.  The Village Board will either accept or reject the plan.  If the plan is accepted, public hearings will be held to inform the public of the plan to dissolve the Village.  Registered voters in the Village would vote on whether to dissolve the Village based on the dissolution plan.  If the plan is rejected by the Village Board, the dissolution process will end without a formal vote. See the Dissolution Process Flowchart for details.


The Village of Candor has received a grant from the New York State Department of State under the Local Government Efficiency Grant (LGE) program to offset the cost of the study to village taxpayers.