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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, APRIL 20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, APRIL 20

Otsego Folklore And History

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LECTURE – 7:30 p.m. Bruce Buckley series presents Robert Baron speaking on “Contemporary Resonances of Mid Century Cooperstown Public Folklore and Public History.” The Fenimore Art Museum Auditorium, Cooperstown. Info, Amanda Berman bermal72@oneonta.edu

TEEN SCENE – 5:30-7:30 p.m. Teens meet to discuss events that are important to them. This months meeting will have a Paint & Dip in which teens will paint a pattern with a twist of their own. Led by artist Diane Stensland. Reservations required. Elm Park United Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info, visit www.familyrn.org/news_events/event_calendar.html/event/2017/04/20/1492727400/teen-scene/153288 or contact Kristin Winn, info@familyrn.org or call (607)432-0001

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Oneonta School Budget, New Buses Approved

Oneonta School Budget,

3 New Buses Approved

Jamie Reynolds, president of the Oneonta School Board, casts his votes in the final minutes of polling at Foothills Preforming Arts Center this evening. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Jamie Reynolds, president of the Oneonta School Board, casts his votes in the final minutes of polling at Foothills Preforming Arts Center this evening. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – With 540 Oneonta residents voting today at Foothills, the school board budget passed 404 to 136.

The $37,776,382 budget, which includes a .66 percent increase in the total tax levy, is a 2.24 percent increase in expenditure, but allows for renovations, upgrades and several new teachers.

The purchase of three new buses was also approved 388-143.

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26 Layoffs Balance County ’16 Budget

26 Layoffs Balance
County ’16 Budget

7 Parttimers, 19 Fulltimers To Lose Jobs

COOPERSTOWN – The $9.2 million gap in Otsego County’s proposed 2016 budget is closed.
It took the layoffs of 19 full-time and 7 part-time county employees, slashing some services and raising property taxes by about $100,000 total, the maximum allowed under the state property tax cap.

The layoffs, agreed on Friday, Nov. 6, by the county board’s Budget Review Committee and county Treasurer Dan Crowell, followed six weeks of discussion.

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Herzig Committed To Closing Budget Gap

HERZIG COMMITTED TO

CLOSING BUDGET GAP

ONEONTA – Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, appointed last month but up for election next Tuesday for a term to begin Jan. 1, was interviewed by AllOTSEGO.com’s Don Mathisen on his plans.  This is the third of five excerpts that will appear on this website daily through Saturday. Click the video below to watch Mayor Herzig discuss his plan to reduce Oneonta’s budget gap.

TOMORROW, HERZIG ON ENTERTAINMENT

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