Potsdam Village Board of Trustees expected to approve budget at meeting Thursday afternoon
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 3:03 pm

POTSDAM – Village government is meeting to approve its budget for 2014-15 when trustees gather at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Civic Center board room.

Because of its implications for the village budget, the board is expected to resolve the question of what the village will do to keep the recreation program alive.

The village last year announced it was pulling out of the joint town-village recreation program at the end of this year, leaving it to the town to raise money for the program and administer it.

In order to accommodate the Village of Norwood, which is part of the Town of Potsdam but has its own recreation program, the town held a referendum on setting up a new recreation tax district that did not include Norwood.

But the proposal failed in voting two weeks ago.

The town government has said they would do what they could on their own.

That leaves the village to decide if they will return to helping to fund and run the program or see the children’s summer programs at Sandstoner Park and Postwood Park, and activities at Pine Street Arena, cut back or eliminated.

The overall budget for 2014-15 stands at $5.9 million, a half-percent more than the most recent budget. But the tax rate is expected to drop by 4.6 percent due to generally higher property assessments.

Also on the table will be the establishment of the property tax rate, setting water, sewer and trash rates, which are budgeted for higher allocations.