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The Marilla Town Board has adopted a 1997 preliminary budget of $1,581,263 that is up $1,200 from the tentative plan that Supervisor John Foss presented earlier this month.

The vote was 3-2, with Councilmen Joseph Holcomb and Mary Giambra voting no.

The tax rate will remain the same as this year at $1.63 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

Foss said an error in addition in the general fund had to be corrected in the tentative budget. The general fund should have been $771,400 -- $3,000 less than in the tentative budget.

Some of the major changes the board made in the budget include a 3 percent salary increase for the highway superintendent and his employees. Under Foss' plan, the highway superintendent would have received no increase and the employees a 2 percent raise.

A decision to pay off the retirement incentive plan of $18,000 for a former Highway Department employee by December will reduce the highway fund by $4,000 in 1997.

An across-the-board 2 percent salary increase for non-elected employees was kept in the budget.

Foss had recommended a 10 percent salary decrease of $2,285 for himself and a 5 percent salary cut of $298 for councilmen. Those cuts will remain in the budget.

A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for 7:20 p.m. Nov. 7 in Town Hall.

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