Katz, Tillapaugh and trustees Cindy Falk and Jim Dean all voted for paid parking in 2013. Allstadt and the other two trustees who were voted into office later in 2013, Bruce Maxson and Joan Nicols, have not voted on the issue, but all three have spoken in favor of paid parking.
To repeal the paid-parking law, Local Law No. 3 of 2013, opponents would need four votes. That translates to four electoral wins in the next two years. But with at most one contested election in 2014, and only two trustee positions up next year, it is unlikely that there will be enough votes to repeal paid parking until 2015.
We suspect by then it will cease to be an issue politically. The program – which raised about $188,000 in 2013 – is projected to raise more than $600,000 for the village by then. Repealing paid parking would require a lot of extra taxes, or a huge cut in services, to replace those lost funds in future budgets.
Residents and business owners may continue to grumble about the law, but we think their chances to repeal it have now passed. On-street paid parking is here to stay in Cooperstown.