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April 24, 2014

Trustees to approve final budget

Final changes are being made to the 2014-2015 village budget in time for Monday’s board of trustees meeting. 

Late work needed to be done to re-charactize certain pension and payroll-tax money after the trustees voted unanimously at a special meeting on April 10 to approve two agreements with Bernie Bus Service to allow the transportation company to hire and provide trolley drivers to Cooperstown. 

The principal agreement will piggy back on Otsego County’s agreement with the company for bus service. A secondary agreement directly between Cooperstown and Bernie covers special-event rentals which are not covered by the standard agreement. 

Katz said that the board’s April meeting will cover normal matters before taking up the budget vote.  The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

“I think we’ll do it at the end of the meeting because we want to get all the other stuff out of the way,” he said. “It shouldn’t take a super long time (to get a final budget). We just have to do some last minute tinkering.” 

In other local news, four candidates have applied for two elected positions on the Cooperstown Central School Board of Education. 

Incumbents Theresa Russo and Jean Schifano will be challenged by Timothy Hayes and David Petri. 

The League of Women Voters is coordinating a “Meet the Candidates Night” to be held in mid-May. The election will be held May 20 between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. in room 304-305.

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