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ALDERMEN MAY VOTE ON BUDGET PLAN TODAY

Olean aldermen will review -- and possibly vote on -- Mayor William Quinlan's third 2005-06 budget proposal in a special session today..

The new plan, provided to aldermen Friday, trims about $344,000 from an earlier version that topped $20 million, including the water and sewer funds, and the debt service fund. Quinlan said he would not reveal the budget details before he received reactions from the aldermen.

He did not ask the aldermen to vote on a previous plan and its projected tax hike of 9.8 percent, which was deemed unacceptable by aldermen. They asked him to make more cuts and to cap the tax increase at between 2 percent and 4 percent. The new draft is expected to include the elimination of some jobs.

The public is invited to attend both the review session at 6:30 p.m. and the Common Council meeting at 7, when the aldermen may vote on the budget. Time will be set aside for comments. There are no other items on the agenda. The meetings will be held in Council Chambers in the Municipal Building.

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