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Public hearing on proposed budget set Wednesday

The Town Board will hold a public hearing on the preliminary 2009 budget at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall, 2876 Transit Road.

The proposed $7.7 million budget includes a slight tax rate increase equivalent to $3.50 total per household on a home assessed at $100,000, Supervisor Timothy Horanburg sid.

He said this was mainly due to an increase in the refuse special district.

"The refuse district tax is up $2.50 per unit [or home], due to a federal cost-of-living adjustment," Horanburg said. "And the taxes in the fire protection special district are up one cent per $1,000 of assessed valuation [equivalent to a $1 increase on a home assessed at $100,000]."

Spending in the preliminary 2009 budget is up about $500,000 from the current budget.

"New sewers and a new pump station were the cause of the biggest increase in spending," Horanburg said.

He said that while the 2009 budget presented a challenge, "We're really looking at a difficult budget next year [for 2010]. We don't know what's going to happen with the state [aid]. We're playing a guessing game."

"The past two years, our tax rate went down," he added. "But the cost of salt is killing us, and the cost of diesel fuel is killing us."

Horanburg predicts the Town Board will adopt the budget Wednesday following the public hearing.

According to state law, the budget must be adopted by Nov. 20.

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