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Town Board adopts $445,453 budget

The Farmersville Town Board adopted a $445,453 budget for 2008 in a special session Monday night but rejected the proposed law on repair of unsafe buildings and collapsed structures following public hearings.

Supervisor Fritz Zuech said the budget will increase property taxes by 4.5 percent. That's about 2 percent more than an earlier version of the plan introduced in October. The adopted budget includes $8,000 more for Highway Department fuel costs than outlined during an October presentation, he told the board.

A hearing on the unsafe-buildings law had been scheduled for Dec. 19 but was moved up to Monday. The supervisor recommended defeat of the proposed law on the advice of attorney James I. McAuley, who said the law's adoption would shift liability to the town if unsafe buildings were not demolished and if someone were injured on the property.

Board members agreed that they did not want the law if it meant the town would have to allocate funding for demolitions.

Zuech said the defeat means that it will be necessary to protect the town by amending one provision of the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, adopted in October. Discussion on the amendment and proposed increases in the building permit fee schedule will be held Dec. 19.

The board also accepted the resignation of Town Justice Dale Bigham, effective Dec. 31, and authorized the appointment of Shane Krotje to the position.

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