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Lewiston village budget adopted

All village employees, including elected officials, will get 3 percent pay raises, but there will be no tax increase in a budget of nearly $3.3 million adopted Monday by the Village Board.

"We worked very hard to keep the tax rate down without changing any services," Mayor Terry C. Collesano said as the five-member board unanimously adopted the budget of $3,298,631 for the fiscal year beginning June 1.

The mayor said the budget reflects a savings on the cost of insurance and some other areas to offset the 3 percent raises for the dozen or so people who work full time for the village. The local property tax rate will remain unchanged at $7.12 for each $1,000 of assessment.

Among salaries in the new budget, the mayor will be paid $7,517, and each of the four trustees will receive $4,855. The village clerk/treasurer's salary will be $46,342, and the public works superintendent's will be $64,525. Laborers in the Public Works Department will be paid in a range from $16.21 to $19.15 an hour, and recreation leaders in the village's Youth Program $9 an hour.

Collesano said village officials are continuing to meet with representatives of the Town of Lewiston to discuss the increasing cost of police protection.

The village and the town once had separate police departments, but they have been consolidated into a single townwide department that patrols the entire town, including the village. The village is under contract to pay $294,500 during the coming year as its share of the cost of police protection.

Village residents have consistently praised the work of the Police Department, but the mayor said the cost was beginning to grow too high "for a little, one-square-mile village."

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