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March 12, 2010

Letters to the Editor: March 11, 2010


Carol Bateman Waller

Mayor of Cooperstown

Joe will represent us Potholes are now the norm in Cooperstown. Brooklyn Avenue is closed. Village Hall has become a sieve. Village government continues to postpone $10-$20 million of infrastructure repairs because of its weak and deteriorating financial position.

We must break this downward trend that threatens our sustainability. We see signs of decline such as ``For Rent’’ and ``For Sale,’’ and we are alarmed by symptoms such as dropping school enrollment and falling visitor numbers.

Joe Booan is the professionally trained leader we need to get Cooperstown back on track. He was recently promoted to Director at ONC BOCES where he balances budgets by controlling spending. His latest budget reduced spending by 2.35 percent.

Joe’s opponent has been on the board the past five years when village revenues rose 4.7 percent per year. Unfortunately, property taxes also increased 4.7 percent per year.

Why, because village government spending swelled 6 percent per year. If village government had simply contained spending increases to equal inflation, it would have saved over $400,000.

Joe will not support damaging revenue schemes that do our village more harm than good. Pay & Display machines on Main Street, writing thousands of parking tickets and raising taxes will chase away residents, businesses and tourists.

Most important, we’ve seen a huge escalation of political nonsense the past five years. This type of behavior is not what Cooperstown is about. We are a quiet and dignified people that take great pride in community cooperation. As individuals, we are modest and considerate.

Joe Booan is the candidate with the professional expertise to repair our village government and preserve our future. Joe will represent us in a humble and courteous manner that is consistent with whom we are. I respectfully ask you to join me and cast your vote for Joe Booan to be the next Mayor of Cooperstown.

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