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BOARD OKS 2005 HANOVER BUDGET

The Hanover Town Board unanimously approved a preliminary budget for 2005 that calls for no tax increase.

The $3.82 million spending plan calls for $1.23 million to be raised by taxes, officials said during a meeting of the Town Board on Monday in Hanover Town Hall.

Supervisor Kathy Tampio noted there was a slight growth in the value of taxable property.

She said this marks the fourth consecutive year without a tax increase for town residents.

Town Bookkeeper Elmar Keifer said the town's budgets of the past decade reflect either lowered taxes or budgets without tax increases.

"There are not many places that can say they have had no increases or reduced taxes in the last decade," he said.

Tampio praised department heads for their cooperation during the preparation of the budget.

She said some of the issues faced in preparing the budget included rising contributions to the town's retirement system, property assessment reductions and bankruptcies.

She also noted that a change in employee health care coverage will cut costs.

Under the budget, employees will receive a cost-of-living pay raise in the 2005 budget.

Among expenditures are an emergency services generator at Silver Creek Fire Hall.

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