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Board schedules hearing to discuss budget proposal

A public hearing on the Town of Pomfret's proposed 2009 budget of $2.74 million is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5 in Town Hall, prior to the 7 p.m. Town Board meeting.

The hearing date was announced during a meeting of the Pomfret Town Board on Wednesday night.

The spending plan features a tax rate increase of 8 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. The budget figure includes all expenditures, including special districts.

The proposed tax rate would rise to $3.47 per $1,000 within the Village of Fredonia and $4.99 per $1,000 outside the village. The budget must be adopted before the deadline of Nov. 20.

Officials also learned that two polling districts within the town have been consolidated. Districts 1 and 8 both will vote Nov. 4 in Christ Community Church on Berry Road.

There is one open seat on the Town Board this year, now held by Councilman Charles Civiletto, who is running on the Republican ticket. Former Fredonia village trustee Susan Westling is running on the Democratic ticket for the same four-year term of office.

Councilwoman Pat Christina reported a total of 407 pets were vaccinated for rabies at the free clinic held recently in the town barns. Town Clerk Roberta Valentine noted 117 dogs were licensed in September. A recent census shows there are more than 2,000 dogs in the town.

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