Conklin Town Supervisor Jim Finch has recently announced that the town is ‘desolate’ and people are struggling to find work and money.
However, the ground in the town is full of natural gas, which is a great resource for the area. Due to rules and regulations, the town is unable to use the shale, which has caused outrage.
Conklin isn’t the only town that is trying to break ties with New York. In fact, 14 other towns are also jumping on the bandwagon, and include areas in Delaware and Broome.
Research is currently being carried out, and a research group plans to disclose their findings.
After comparing the rate of tax and costs of living in the town and the city, large differences have been found between the two.
The secession would need approval from the New York State Legislate, the Pennsylvania State Legislation and the U.S. Government, which could get in the way of the plans to cut the ties.
John Gage, a local business owners, stated that he thinks the idea will be very beneficial for everything. He said that the tax structure is bad for business, and supported the plans.
State licensed shop owners, however, aren’t so sure that this is the best way forward. Changes like these could greatly affect their businesses and the amount of revenue they are able to generate.
Francis Larkin, owner of a local liquor store, says that it would be very difficult for him to make a living from his business if the new changes were implemented. He said that he might not even be able to run his shop, since liquor sales are controlled by the state.
The matter has received a great deal of media attention lately, although the investigation is ongoing. In the next few weeks, residents hope to see what is being discovered through the research.