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April 10, 2014

Katz sworn in, lauds paid parking

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Katz said that this money made it so the village government could do more and had to make less choices over what projects to fund.

“We’re trying to do it all,” said Katz.

He also confirmed that the village would not have budgeted in a zero-percent tax increase in its tentative budget without paid parking, and that the funds filled what he described as a “big, gaping hole” that used to be in village budgets.

“We’re using that money for the betterment of the village,” said Katz. “That was always the design of paid parking.”

In addition to generating more revenue, Katz said the village is continuing to look for additional grant opportunities and making budget cuts by exploring shared services and consolidating positions.

“I can’t believe three years went by quite so quickly,” said Tillapaugh.

She also praised her colleagues.

“This board is an active board,” she said. “It’s a very high-functioning, involved board.”

In terms of what she was excited about tackling in her new term, she mentioned trying to make some repairs on the village’s docks.

“They really haven’t had any good infrastructure (and) major repairs,” said Tillapaugh, who also raised the possibility of installing floating docks.

Still, she said that such efforts will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and that such repairs will not be happening this year.

“It’s a huge investment,” said Tillapaugh. “It’s something that we really need funding for.”

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