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March 28, 2013

Trustees complete tentative budget; final approval on April 11

Board votes to repeal parking limits on South Avenue

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The tentative budget for the village was published on March 20. The budget is balanced with revenues and appropriations both totaling $5,327,154. Revenues include nearly $1.8 million in real estate taxes and more than $3.2 million in other revenues such as sales tax, clerk fees and parking revenues.

More than 60 percent of the appropriations are going to general fund services such as police, fire and ambulance departments, street maintenance and improvement, municipal salaries and benefits and building services and maintenance.

The April 11 budget meeting is a public hearing, although Katz said based on past experiences, he did not expect much public comment.

New board members Lou Allstadt, Bruce Maxson and Joan Nicols will be sworn in at 12:30 p.m. April 1 and take part in an organizational meeting that evening to receive committee assignments.

Maxson and Nicols replace Mebust and Franck for full three-year terms on the board. Allstadt will serve out the final year for Capozza, who served one year as a replacement when Katz was elected mayor.

The board also approved the purchase of two vehicles, one for the police department and one donation to the fire department.

The police department will buy a patrol car, a Ford Police Interceptor, which is the car now being used by New York state as a replacement for the Crown Vic Police Interceptors. Using the state bid, the cost of the car will be just more than $34,000. Originally the purchase of the car was budgeted for 2013-14, but the board approved moving up the purchase because of left-over reserve funds.

Police Chief Mike Covert had previously told the board that the car was needed because of repeated breakdowns to the two department SUVs. The problems with the SUVs became more severe in early March when both vehicles were involved in accidents on the same night. The Chevy Tahoe was parked on a side street during a routine call when it was struck by a civilian vehicle. The Dodge Durango was parked on Chestnut Street during a call at the Peppermill Restaurant when it was struck by a Cooperstown ambulance.

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