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A public hearing is planned for Tuesday for a new city budget of $3.5 million which holds the tax rate at the same level for the fourth consecutive year.

The City Council Wednesday adopted a tentative budget, which includes a tax levy of $1,007,996 and calls for a tax rate of $42.74 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

The public hearing on the budget will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, at which time the Council might vote on adopting the new budget. The new fiscal year begins April 1.

In other matters the Council:

Voted 3-2 to place a plaque in Riverwalk Park in memory of the late Ellen Kilbourn, who served on a committee that secured money for the small park and boat launch on the Allegheny River.

Aldermen John Hill and James Mongillo voted against the measure, saying they do not favor naming city sites after people.

Appointed firefighter Anthony Ellis as temporary municipal training officer for a six-month term.

Approved hiring Tammy Coolidge for $9 an hour to be secretary to the Civil Service Commission.

Approved a plan to proceed with buying a new police patrol car using $16,797 from an law enforcement block grant.

Approved 3 percent raises for employees of the Salamanca Housing Authority effective April 1.

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