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November 7, 2013

Proud grandparents now times two

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As luck would have it, about two hours after we filed last week’s column with the newspaper, we received from the village a very detailed accounting of the expenses for the concert held at Doubleday Field last July. As a result of having received that information, we now feel that we are able to sort out, to the best of our ability, the finances for that concert.

According to the contract for the concert, which we had received earlier, the village received a $10,000 rental fee for the field and $1,000 for the the Emergency Squad coverage at the concert. The $1,000 was passed on to the Emergency Squad. An additional $1,200 was received as a result of local ticket sales. The contract also called for a donation to the village, the amount of which we do not know, from the sale of food and beverage at the concert. This donation was earmarked for the fire department which has in the past sold food and beverage at the concert. Thus we conclude that the village coffers received $11,200 in revenue from the concert.

And from that money, according to our reading of the expense spread sheet, the village paid salary and benefits for Police, Street Department and Doubleday Field employees as well as the superintendent of DPW the amount of $7,195.47. Additionally there was an expense of $247.81 for trash disposal. Thus, the gain realized by the village from the concert was $3,756.52.

Additionally, the revenue for the trolley system received from trolley passes on the day of the concert was $944. The salary and benefits for running the trolleys that day were $458.94. Thus the trolleys realized $485.06 minus, we suppose, the cost of fuel, for the concert.

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