OLEAN – Though a preliminary audit of the 2013 season of the Olean Oilers baseball team shows a year-end balance of $29,000 some bills remain to be paid – including one for $3,500 to Rhino Bats, the team’s official supplier.
The audit will be the last for the Oilers as an affiliate of the Olean Local Development Corporation. The team, part of the New York Collegiate Baseball League, severed ties with the agency last month. The audit has been forwearded to state officials.
Agency president Brian O’Connell noted the team was $17,000 in the black last year.
David DiTanna, of Buffamonte Whipple Buttafaro, Olean, is the result of a player dues – increased to $1,250 from $400 when the team initially began play.
The fees are used to pay for team operations, including uniforms, facilities, travel and lodging.
Not factored into the audit picture is $30,000 in debt racked up by the team over the past two fiscal years. City and agency officials are engaged in talks on the issue.
DiTanna also noted some players have yet to pay their dues for the previous season –to the tune of $850.