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Announcing The Homer Sports Complex and Dog Park Project

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The Homer Village Board of Trustees announced plans for the Homer Sports Complex and Dog Park at its meeting Wednesday night.

The Board hopes the project will be an economic engine for the entire region.

The project connects Durkee Park by a river trail to south of the village, where a sports park, including a football field, would go up.

The Dog Park would go into space now used for a football field at Calale Park.

The Village Board hopes to hear public comments Tuesday night at 6pm in the Town Hall Board Room.

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Also at the Board meeting, Mayor Hal McCabe discussed what he’s hearing is a possible compromise in the Cortland County sales tax distribution formula.

Nothing’s been agreed upon yet, but the Mayor says it could cost the village $50,000 a year over the first five years, and $61,000 a year for the second five years adding up to more than a $500,000 over what would be a ten year deal – again, if it is approved.

McCabe said the Town of Homer would lose $773,000 over ten years, and the City of Cortland, $2.68 million. He says the village would need a 5% tax increase, which would be about $70-$200/yr per home.

Cuts in the village budget, if needed, could include the police department, eliminating the recreation department or trash pickups.

The Village Board also held two public hearings to open the evening.

First, changing the hours that Central Park is closed in front of the Homer Elementary School for student and bus safety. That was approved.

The second public hearing on ATV rules in the village were also approved. It’s aimed at kids who ride scooters on village streets, according to the Mayor.

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