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Hamburg village taxes to go up less than 1 percent

Taxes in the Village of Hamburg will go up less than 1 percent under the 2017-18 budget approved by the Village Board.

For the average home assessed at $85,000, that's an increase of $15.30 in property taxes. The new tax rate is $20.60 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

The budget includes no raises for elected officials, including the mayor, Village Board and village justice.

Spending in the general fund went up 2.32 percent to $9.72 million, but the increase is due mainly to the one-time purchase of totes. The expense is offset by a one-time tote user fee of $262,933 for the purchase and distribution of garbage and recycling totes.

The tax levy, or total amount to be raised by taxes, is $6.67 million, up $56,136, or 0.85 percent. That keeps the budget under the tax cap with $1,918 to spare.

The budget includes an increase in capital spending, with projects to include:

  • $56,000 to replace and upgrade sidewalks and street crossings as part of the healthy neighborhoods grant project.
  • $224,932 to repair and resurface streets.
  • $220,000 to replace a section of the water line on St. Mary's Place.
  • $225,000 for new equipment for the Public Works Department.
  • $74,000 to resurface parking lots at Village Hall, the pool, Glen Meadows Park and Community Center.

There also is $37,500 in the budget to study the potential for efficiencies and shared facilities at the Public Works Department. The village is hoping to get property in the West End ready for redevelopment, and there are three highway garages within a half mile of each other: the village Public Works Department on Pleasant Avenue, and the Erie County Highway Hamburg District headquarters and state Department of Transportation garage, both on West Avenue.

The village's fiscal year starts June 1.

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