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LEWISTON – Former Village of Lewiston Trustee Ronald Craft is circulating a petition to consolidate the Lewiston Police with the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office.

Craft writes an open letter to the community that states he is “tired of listening to a dysfuntional Town Board arguing about the current fiscal crisis.” He suggests a referendum that would let the taxpayers take matters into their own hands.

According to Craft the “not-for-profits,” including the Arts Council, festivals, historical societies and most recently Artpark, should be cut, but not until all other cuts have been exhausted.

“The town’s budget for police is $1.3 million a year and will continue to multiply. In 2011 the budget was near $1 million when the county would have taken them over,” wrote Craft. He criticized leaders for the failure to make the tough decisions and called the plan to consolidate the police the first of many cuts that should be made to reduce the huge tax burden.

Craft has placed a petition on his Facebook page, and on the Lewiston Community Forum, which is for Lewiston residents only. Print a copy and return the signed petition with proper identification to Craft. He will also be available to take signatures at his business, Fine Antiques, located at 105 North Fourth St. from 1 to 5 p.m. on weekends and 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Craft wrote that he will also be canvassing the area for signatures in the coming days.