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May 2, 2013

Village approves final budget

Traveling Vietnam memorial will be on display

The Cooperstown village budget passed from tentative to actual with only small changes.

At a special meeting on Tuesday, the village trustees voted unanimously to adopt a budget for June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014 that is balanced with expenses and revenue both totaling $5,327,154. The only major change from the tentative budget presented in March was $63,000 that was moved from reserves to building repairs.

At the board’s previous meeting, on April 22, the board voted unanimously for the change based on the assumption that the money would be needed for repairs during the year, and would be harder to move it from reserves once the budget was adopted.

The board also voted unanimously on April 22 to exceed the 2 percent tax cap; however, Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz stressed that he does not anticipate actually exceeding the cap.

“Based on the tentative, I feel like we aren’t going to need this,” he said. “However, it protects us in case we end up at 2.0001 percent or something.”

The new budget projects more than $250,000 in new revenues from paid parking, parking permits and a new method of pursing unpaid parking tickets. Katz has repeatedly said that he anticipates more actual revenue and was keeping projections low to be safe.

The board also voted unanimously to allow the National Baseball Hall of Fame to use part of the Doubleday Field parking lot on Classic Weekend for the display of The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall. The Classic game is being played on May 25 as part of Memorial Day Weekend.

Brad Horn, senior director for communications and education at the Hall, told the board that the wall, a 3/5 scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., would be an additional draw during the weekend.

“We have an unique opportunity to enhance our Memorial Day,” Horn said. “The wall has not been displayed anywhere in upstate New York within hundreds of miles. It has been on display in Times Square and in (western New York) but it has not traveled to central New York at any point in its history.”

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