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The property tax rate will increase by 69 cents to $41.79 per $1,000 of assessed valuation under a $16,044,232 budget unanimously approved Tuesday night by the Common Council.

The budget, however, includes no increases in water and sewer rates. It does include $150,000 in spending cuts proposed by Mayor Gregory Krauza Tuesday in anticipation of decreased state aid.

The total budget includes $9,857,114 for the general fund, up $562,594; $3,192,216 for the water fund, up $1,386,366, which includes payment for the Second Street water line, and $2,994,902 for the wastewater treatment fund, up $143,452. The increases total $2,092,412.

The Council also approved the warrant to collect $6,681,302 in property taxes that will be due in May.

Before the meeting, the Council held a workshop session to discuss budget changes and a public hearing on the spending plan that lasted 90 seconds only and was attended by only one resident, Fred Boast of Bucknor Street, who did not speak.

In other matters, the Council approved parking restrictions on the newly constructed Route 60 between the city line and Main Street. Alternate-side parking rules went into effect this afternoon. Police Chief Andrew Balzer Jr. said the parking restrictions were necessary to increase traffic flow and allow for snowplowing.

The Council also received a request from the city School Board seeking a meeting to discuss the closing of Pine Street near School Seven. The district is considering building a new school on the East Lake Shore Drive site and the street runs between the school and the adjacent playing fields.

The State Education Department does not permit a school site to be cut by a street, district officials noted. The matter was referred to Mayor Krauza. Fourth Ward Councilman John Woloszyn said that the Council does not in any way endorse the idea of building a new school. He said he wants to see the results of a referendum on the topic.

The Council also rescinded a resolution that awarded the contract for gasoline and diesel fuel to Union Fuel of Fredonia. City Attorney Michael Bluth said the escalator clause in the contract was too vague.

The city will purchase the materials under state bidding procedures.

The Council authorized borrowing $126,600 for improvements to Wright Park to meet matching fund requirements of a state grant under the 1986 Environmental Quality Bond Act.

Michael Rigas, vice president of Adelphia Communications, who had been invited to the meeting to discuss the removal of WPIX from the system Dec. 31, was unable to attend because of inclement weather. He asked that the meeting with the Council be rescheduled soon.

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