Scotia moves on tax cap override

Board sets public hearing on proposal, looks at restructuring fees

— “It is going to be even tougher to reach the 2 percent this year,” Kastberg said. “[Gov. Andrew Cuomo] is making us poorer and the state richer.”

To help alleviate some fiscal pressure, village officials are reviewing fees.

“I have all my department heads reviewing all the fees that we charge,” Kastberg said. “It is not going to make a huge difference for us but it will at least cover the cost of employees.”

The fee for building inspectors to do an inspection is actually less than what it costs to complete it, according to Kastberg.

Another area he targeted was creating a two-tiered system for park fees, with residents charged a lesser amount than non-residents. Village officials plan to review what other municipalities charge for people to use their parks. Then, the village might raise fees for non-residents to be comparable to surrounding communities.

The Scotia-Glenville Lions Club has also proposed building a large pavilion in the “meadows” section of Collins Park. This prompted Kastberg to debate changing the village code to allow for some kind of alcoholic beverages only at the pavilion through a special permit.

“I have had people in the past say, ‘Geez, I would like to have a glass of wine while I’m watching the a cappella group at Freedom Park,’” Kastberg said.

Trustee John Lockwood suggested the village should reserve the right to revoke or not offer a permit.

Police Chief Peter Frisoni Jr. said during the meeting he wasn’t opposed to alcohol being allowed at the pavilion through a special permit, but glass containers should be banned. He suggested making the license visible for police officers driving through the area.

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