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BUDGET PLAN INCLUDES MINIMAL SPENDING HIKES

The Aurora Town Board Monday was presented with a tentative budget of $5.18 million for 2000 by Supervisor William Green.

The budget calls for minimal increases in the general town budget; part-town budget for residents living outside the East Aurora village limits; and the town highway budget, Green said.

The $1.89 million general budget would increase from $2.05 to $2.08 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. On average, the rate increase will cost town taxpayers an additional $2 for the year. There is a general increase planned in appropriations of $70,000 for year 2000.

"The increases in appropriations were primarily due to the expansion of water in the town," Green said. "(However), much of the expense that is involved is accruing in the water districts."

The added part-town budget of $695,000 will cost residents in that area an additional 70 cents per year overall with a hike to 58 center per $1,000 of assessed valuation from 57 cents. The $868,000 highway budget will increase the rate to $1.07 from $1.03.

"We wouldn't have had an increase this year except that we do have a reduction in the (overall) valuation (of town properties)," Green said.

Commercial and utility property owners challenges of their assessments are expected to reduce the town's assessed valuation by about $4 million next year. On average, the town's assessed valuation had been rising between $3 million to $6 million a year.

"I think the budget has stayed very much in line (considering) the $4 million in assessed valuation that we lost," said Councilman Thomas E. Cotton, the nominee of both the Republican and Conservative parties to succeed the retiring Green as supervisor following November's election.

The Town Board will review the supervisor's budget and make changes. A preliminary budget will be presented at a public hearing at 8 p.m. Oct. 25 in Town Hall.

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