UNIOPOLIS — By a slim margin, the village of Uniopolis will remain despite resembling a dying patient with little chance for a cure.
Residents voted 60 to 57 to keep the village in place instead of dissolving and being absorbed by Union Township.
The vote doesn’t do anything to encourage council members who wanted to dissolve the village.
“The village will go out eventually. We are running out of money,” Councilwoman Marilyn Fleck said.
The village is hurting financially with little sources of revenue, she added.
That lack of revenue will mean cutting more services, Council President Greg Ritchie said.
The village already has cut out its police department, although tiny, and could turn off street lights, a big expense, Ritchie said.
Fleck anticipates the village could find enough money to operate for a year or two but that’s pushing it, she said.
Village Council will meet Dec. 3 to discuss options. Among the options is another vote to dissolve the village, a tax increase or additional cuts, Ritchie said.
The village has an annual operating budget of less than $100,000 but state cuts of $40,000 in revenue over the last two years have hit the village hard, Ritchie said.
Union Township Trustee Steve Severt said trustees are willing to absorb Uniopolis, should it come to that. The township also has been hit by state cuts but has been able to survive.
“We had to cut back, tighten our belt and stay within budget,” Severt said.
Severt expects it’s just a matter of time before the village does dissolve. He said the biggest factor will be learning how to handle taking on a village considering the township is rural.
“We will get through it. It’s no big deal,” Severt said, should the village dissolve.
Uniopolis is 112 years old with 272 people.