Of course, we were also hopeful this would be the year that the village of Cooperstown would not send us a property tax bill. That also did not work out for us. And yet, we always find receiving a tax bill gives us a chance to play around with all the numbers. This year we decided we would figure out the price per acre of our property. The land value of our .28 acres is listed as $178,000, which makes the price per acre slightly more than $635,000. We obviously have very valuable dirt that must contain great deposits of oil and natural gas not to mention silver, gold and diamonds. In fact, we have checked it out and the land value on the Fair Street side of the block is only $101,000 for .26 acres, making the value of that dirt a mere $388,000 per acre. Of course, we are not at all certain there is any great reason to be blessed with more valuable dirt.
We note that the next meeting of the Literary Discussion Group, sponsored by the Women’s Club of Cooperstown, will be held on Thursday, June 27 at 2:30 p.m. at the home of Enid Hinkes, who will lead this month’s discussion of the book “East of Eden” by John Steinbeck. For more information about the Literary Discussion Group as well as the location of the next meeting, please call us at 547-8124.
And while on the subject of books, we recently received, completely unexpectedly, an email from a representative of Arcadia Publishing who asked if we might be interested in writing a book on Cooperstown as part of their “Legendary Locals” series. Since we were intrigued by such a project, but knew absolutely nothing about it, we asked that we be sent information on it. From the information that arrived, we learned that the scope of the project was explained as follows: