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TOWN BOARD TO HOLD BUDGET MEETING

The Brant Town Board will meet Tuesday to polish the 1998 tentative budget submitted by Supervisor Samuel J. Chiavetta Jr. that calls for minimal tax-rate changes.

The general fund tax rate is pegged at $3.84 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, up a penny despite the $23,956 drop in appropriations, bringing them to $458,171. Chiavetta blamed the rate rise on a $944,000 decline in Brant's assessed valuation, largely caused by the loss of $1.2 million in Conrail assessments.

The $109,330 highway fund spending, down $23,000, calls for a 55-cent tax rate, down a penny from the 1997 rate.

The $92,053 fire-protection appropriation, up $8,000, will give $36,500 to Brant Fire Company, $36,000 to Farnham Fire Company and $2,750 to North Collins Fire Department.

Installing a new pump added $10,000 to Sewer District No. 1 costs, sending them to $63,150. Sewer District No. 2 costs will rise $1,000, to $112,000.

Chiavetta said local tax rates for the Brant-Farnham Water District, whose installation will be completed in November, have not been calculated. The nearly $1 million project is partly funded by a grant and partly by a low-cost loan.

No salary increases have been budgeted for elected officials, Chiavetta said. They are: supervisor, $11,970; councilman, $3,410; justices, $5,412; clerk, $14,571; highway superintendent, $17,60; chief assessor, $5,153; and other assessors, $3,257.

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