Located in northern NYS, the Town of Potsdam includes two villages; with the majority of residents living in the Village of Potsdam, population 10,000. Home to two state universities, nearly 70% of village properties are tax-exempt – putting pressure on village residents to cover a large share of the costs of services. In response to public requests, the village board appointed a study committee to review the impact of dissolving the village, including the impact on economic development, police services, and a new hydroelectric operation. The committee also developed a dissolution plan, and identified a range of improvement opportunities without dissolution. Village voters rejected dissolution in a November 2011 vote.