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Liverpool unveils proposed budget

— An unusually full agenda kept village of Liverpool trustees busy at their monthly meeting on March 18.

The 22 agenda items included the unveiling of the proposed 2013-14 village budget, discussion of Johnson Park and discussion about property concerns. Later, the board entered into an executive session to talk about personnel issues.

Village Clerk Mary Ellen Sims said the total tentative 2013-14 village general fund is set at $2,306,565.32, about $24,000 more than this year’s budget which came in at $2,282,663.10. The 2013-14 village sewer fund budget is $207,313, as compared to this year’s sewer fund budget of $253,305.

That proposed budget would have no effect on village taxes,” Sims said. “The tax rate will stay the same as last year,” she said, “$12.25 per thousand.”

The trustees will host a public hearing on the proposed budget at 7 p.m. Monday, April 15, at the Village Hall, 310 Sycamore St.

In other business:

Liverpool Is The Place Committee Chairwoman Colleen Gunnip appeared to officially request the use of Johnson Park for 24 concerts to be staged June 3 through Aug. 21, which the trustees unanimously approved. Her committee is brainstorming the possibility of securing a roof or awning over the park amphitheater stage, Gunnip said.

Mayor Gary White expressed concern about construction and maintenance costs, but Gunnip said Liverpool Is The Place may raise funds to pay for it. Trustee Nick Kochan suggested the committee consider other options such as improving drainage on the cement stage floor and erecting portable tents to address possible precipitation problems.

The Liverpool Is The Place Summer Concert Series will celebrate its 30th anniversary season in 2015.

Washington Park may be buzzing this summer if plans for a Wednesday-evening farmers’ market bear fruit. Lucretia Hudzinski, director of the Greater Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, told the trustees that her group hopes to set up sidewalk sales in the village business district and organize a farmers’ market in Washington Park on selected Wednesday evenings prior to the 7 p.m. Johnson Park concerts.

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