HAMBURG, N.Y. - Six years ago, voters in the Town of Hamburg overwhelmingly voted to eliminate two positions on their town board, part of a "downsizing" effort that also spread through a half-dozen Erie County towns during the same time period.
But this November, it appears voters will get a chance to reverse that big decision.
On Friday, the Town Board expects to pass a resolution at a special meeting to add a referendum to the ballot to increase the size of its board from three members back to its original five, which would effectively overturn "downsizing" by restoring the previous structure. A resident's petition already garnered enough signatures to force a board vote, which would then lead to a public vote in November.
"The voters are ready to bring us back to five," Town Supervisor Steven Walters said, "and bring the efficiencies and functionalities of this government back."