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A $8.25 million budget that will increase the tax rate by 7.8 percent has been approved by the Hamburg Village Board.

The budget is unchanged from the one presented at a public hearing April 4.

Residents will see their tax rate increase $1 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, to $13.75 per $1,000, for the fiscal year beginning June 1.

The board this week also agreed to borrow $1.8 million for replacement of water lines as part of the Route 62 reconstruction project scheduled in 2007.

The board agreed to a $164,000 settlement with National Fuel Gas Supply Corp. for the cost of cleaning up gasoline-contaminated soil at the National Fuel building the village bought to use as the fire hall.

The village's actual costs exceed that amount, but that was the extent of the settlement, Public Works Superintendent Gerald E. Knoll said.

Board members decided to wait until September to hold a public hearing on a plan to establish a Historic Central Business District, saying they would like more input from the public.

Only one person attended a public information meeting on the subject April 6.

Other zoning changes involving the business district are pending, and hearings are usually lightly attended during the summer, so it might be better to wait and send out letters to the affected property owners, said Village Attorney Edward J. Murphy III.

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