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STILL NO GENERAL TOWN TAX IN NEW BUDGET

Spending and some salaries will go up slightly in Elma, but residents still will pay no general town property taxes, under a 2005 budget adopted this week by the Town Board.

The $6.1 million spending plan was cut by about $30,000 from Supervisor Michael Nolan's initial proposal but will increase spending by about $26,000 over 2004, an increase of less than half of 1 percent.

The budget keeps Elma one of only two towns in Erie County without a general town tax.

Board members directed most of the cuts in the Water Department budget, which lowered the water tax rate to $1.21 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, a decrease of 41 cents over this year's budget.

The highway budget tax rate was reduced to $4.90 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, a decrease of 7 cents per $1,000 from this year.

Other minor cuts were made in the special districts, such as sewer districts.

The total town tax rate The budget calls for 3 percent salary increases for elected officials. The new salaries will be: supervisor, $56,640; councilmen, $11,357; town justices, $26,947; town clerk, $42,505; town attorney, $39,416; town engineer, $16,685; building inspector, $50,392; highway superintendent, $49,563; superintendent of parks and playgrounds, $10,443; and superintendent of transfer station, $3,975.

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