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SLOAN KEEPS TAXES STEADY IN BUDGET $1.1 MILLION OUTLAY PROPOSED IN DRAFT

Sloan residents will see no increase in their village property tax bill next year, according to a tentative 1995-96 village budget released by Mayor Adeline Sicignano.

The proposed $1.1 million spending plan keeps the village property tax rate at $8.24 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, the same rate residents are now pay.

The budget calls for spending to increase by only $14,000 next year.

Spending cuts were made by abolishing the village's court system earlier in the year, saving the village $12,308.

The village's debt service also decreased to $36,625 from $43,500.

The village's tax base, the total assessed valuation of taxable property, increased by nearly $4 million to $68 million. The 6.1 percent increase was double the increase from the year before.

The mayor has allocated an additional $8,000 in funds for uniforms and equipment for the fire department, an increase of $5000, and $23,000 for a new pickup for the Highway Department.

One-time equipment purchases made last year also helped to lower spending levels for 1995-96.

A 6 percent pay increase was budgeted for the clerk-treasurer and a 4 percent increase for the part-time senior citizens director.

Under the mayor's plan, the salaries for the mayor and Village Board members would remain the same.

The proposed budget does not include pay increases for the village's five unionized Highway Department employees who are currently negotiating a new contract with the village.

The budget also does not address funding the recently approved service awards program for the Sloan Active Hose Company.

Funding for the program will begin in the 1996-97 budget, village officials said.

A public hearing on the proposed spending plan has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. April 10 in the Municipal Building on Reiman Street.

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