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WATER, SEWER DISTRICTS OK TENTATIVE BUDGETS

The boards of commissioners of the Niagara County Water District and Sewer District approved their tentative 1998 budgets Wednesday.

Both budgets will be submitted to the County Legislature for action when the overall 1998 county budget is adopted in December.

The Water District, which covers all 12 towns in the county, is making a budget request of $7,926,346, a decrease of $8,731 from the current year. Administrative Director Ronald C. Johnston said water rates should remain unchanged, while water taxes in the towns will probably stay the same or decrease slightly, depending on
final assessment figures.

The Sewer District, which includes the towns of Lewiston, Wheatfield, Niagara, Lockport, Cambria and Pendleton, adopted a tentative budget of $5,338,339, an increase of $331,624 over the 1997 total.

Chief Operator Frank A. Nerone said the tax impact is uncertain, although the budget calls for the contributions from the six towns to rise by about 4.5 percent.

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