05/14/2013 06:25 EDT | Updated 07/14/2013 05:12 EDT

Village of Lincoln? New Brunswick voters reject idea in plebiscite

LINCOLN, N.B. - Residents in a service district on the outskirts of Fredericton have voted against becoming a village.

A plebiscite was held Monday for people living in the parish of Lincoln.

The proposal was easily defeated, with 893 votes cast against becoming a village and only 262 votes cast in support of the idea.

Unlike a local service district, a village would include an elected council with the authority to make decisions in certain areas of responsibility.

Proponents on both sides of the debate had insisted a vote for the other would result in higher taxes.