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>Budget preparations not on Council agenda

BATAVIA -- The new year not only prompts resolutions. For city fathers, it brings budget preparations, which this year will be the most difficult in many years.

The City Council holds its first meeting of 2007 this evening, but a budget is not on the agenda and probably won't surface for a while as department heads face deep cuts.

City Manager Jason R. Molino, only six months on the job, has asked for cuts of 10 to 20 percent to help pare $3 million in operating losses incurred over the past three years.

New sewer and water rates go into effect this month, and a property tax increase is likely.

Last year, a $22 million budget was adopted only two days before the city's fiscal year began April 1. It included a 5 percent property tax hike.


>'Big box' development runs into a delay

FALCONER -- There will be a delay in the presentation of new, scaled back plans for a "big box" retail development on Fairmount Avenue in West Ellicott.

Town Supervisor Pat Tyler said Island Capital Development wrote to Code Enforcement Officer Randy Woodbury recently about requesting a delay.
Island Capital's representative was to go back before the Planning Board on Wednesday, but Tyler said the town has been told that's not possible.

"The store that they've been talking to is not really secure with a smaller store or secure with the overlay. He's got to go back to the major store and see what their plans are," Tyler said.

Island Capital is working on a plan that would have the development conform to current zoning and fit in the current plaza's "footprint."

The last plan, which called for rezoning about 30 acres of land where the plaza is located, was rejected by both the Town Board and the Planning Board. Tyler said it has been agreed the developer should submit the revised proposal at the panel's meeting next Monday.

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