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February 15, 2004 (RENEWED August 5, 2012)
CURRENTS REVISIONS ARE IN ALL CAPS. INTERESTING THAT MOST OF THE PETITION STILL APPLIES EIGHT YEARS LATER.
New York City Ballet has been the resident ballet company during July at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center since the amphitheater was built.
George Balanchine, NYCB's founder, was instrumental in designing the facility and Saratoga Springs, New York, has been called, officially, "The Summer Home Of The New York City Ballet." Not only does the three-week (NOW REDUCED TO ONE WEEK) residency bring a much-needed cultural richness to this upstate New York area, it brings in many dollars that help to support the local economy.
The current Board of Directors of the Performing Arts Center has arbitrarily (and short-sightedly) decided TO CUT TO ONE-WEEK the Company's residency in Saratoga Springs after 2012. The rationale is that the bottom line for the Performing Arts Center is adversely affected by the small audience attendance (AND THE IMPOSSIBLE FEES CHARGED) for NYCB.
The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is a Not-for-Profit organization. With a one-year extension of the agreement between the Performing Arts Center and New York City Ballet, sufficient funds could be raised to cover the disparity in cost and make the NYCB residency financially viable. (IT IS NOW EIGHT YEARS LATER AND HAS NOT BEEN ACCOMPLISHED.)
MOST OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE 2004 STATE AUDIT HAVE NOT BEEN INSTITUTED, INCLUDING, VERY IMPORTANTLY, THE HIRING OF A PROFESSIONAL FUNDRAISER TO LOCATE INFLUENTIAL DONORS BEYOND THE IMMEDIATE LOCAL AREA.
Please let your legislators (along with the Board of Directors of the Performing Arts Center) know that you would like for them to PERFORM ANOTHER AUDIT OF SPAC AND EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION THERE WHEN COMPARED TO SIMILAR VENUES, AND TO extend this residency AND WORK TOWARD MAKING IT FINANCIALLY VIABLE.
Please confine your comments and discussion to arguments that will help to bring about a positive change, one hopes, in which all of us will win.
The Saratoga County Board of Supervisors is considering raising the county sales tax to 8%--its highest ever. Right now, Saratoga businesses enjoy a competitive edge over neighboring counties with higher sales tax rates.
Taking away that advantage will hurt taxpayers and businesses at a time when they can least afford it.
The parcel tax will help preserve the quality of education in Saratoga High School. Due to the deficit of about 2 million dollars in Saratoga High, classes are being cut and class sizes are increasing.
Since there is no High Speed Internet in the Batson, Saratoga, Hull, Daisetta, Moss Hill, Thicket and Votaw Areas, This petition is to see how many people are interested in getting broadband internet at there home or business.
Saratoga Pines is limiting PVC or aluminum fencing around pools to white. The Board reasoning is any other color would lower our values. However we currently have bronze and white pool enclosures and bronze and white front door screen enclosures.
We also have Madison Green homes in our neighborhood that have visible black or bronze fencing in the front of their homes.
A large kennel with 40-50 Bernese Mountain dogs is being proposed on the cue de sac of Ironwood Drive.
The noise from 50 Bernese Mountain dogs may adversely affect our right to maintain the peace and serentity of our present neighborhood, and community, and possiblity the ability to secure buyers for our homes in the future.
We are not against the proposed buyer, however, we are against the proposed kennel.