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Pendleton budget includes cut in taxes

Average homeowners will pay about $30 less in town taxes next year under a spending plan approved unanimously by the Town Board on Wednesday.

The $4.2 million budget for 2008 includes a reduction in garbage fees of about $25 per household, Supervisor James A. Riester said.

Residents who own a $160,000 to $200,000 home will pay about $30 less in taxes next year, mostly due to a growing tax base, Riester said.

Pendleton is the third-fastest growing town in the county, he said.

The spending plan calls for slight decreases in highway, water and fire tax rates. It also continues to call for no general town tax. Town employees will generally see just less than a 3 percent raise.

Elected officials will receive the following salaries: supervisor, $14,500; highway superintendent, $36,750; town justices, $18,100 each; Town Board members, $4,700 each; tax collector, $5,600; town clerk, $37,000.

Salaries for supervisor and Town Board members will not increase from 2007 levels.

The spending plan includes $225,000 for playground equipment and paving of the Town Hall parking lot, said Budget Officer Donald E. Bergman.

Total spending under the 2008 budget is just over $4.2 million.

The town expects to save more than $40,000 in garbage fees when it enters into a contract with Modern Disposal next year. A new three-year contract would go into effect on Feb. 15.

Board members are still finalizing details of the agreement.

The town was also able to save on worker's compensation costs in the Wendelville-Pendleton Fire District, Riester said.

In other town business, the board approved a special-use permit for Deb and Tex Ellis to operate a bed and breakfast at 5176 Tonawanda Creek Road.

The board also approved the creation of a special storm water drainage district for the proposed Meadows at Pendleton subdivision.

e-mail: abesecker@buffnews.com

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