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SUPERVISOR'S BUDGET WOULD BOOST TAX RATE LESS THAN 2 PERCENT

The tax rate increase for Town of Hamburg residents is just under 2 percent in the tentative budget released Monday afternoon.

Supervisor Patrick H. Hoak, who filed the $33,112,109 budget with the town clerk, noted that it carries some conservative revenue estimates.

"We did not utilize revenue sharing again," he said.

The town has not included state revenue sharing in its budget for several years after getting burned when the aid was cut in the middle of the budget year. Hoak said the town received about $220,000 in revenue sharing this year.

The budget also cuts the revenue line for the mortgage tax to $575,000 from $600,000 this year.

"That's a change from the heyday of refinancing. At one time we were up to $900,000," he said.

A public hearing on the budget will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 3. The board is expected to adopt a budget that night.

The tax rate for town residents living outside the villages of Blasdell and Hamburg would be $7.10 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, up 1.98 percent. The owner of a home assessed at $85,000 would pay $11.70 more in taxes next year if the budget is adopted without changes.

Village residents would pay $3.44 per $1,000, up 5.7 percent.

The budget includes a 2 percent raise for the supervisor, bringing his salary to $67,684. The highway superintendent's pay would increase 2 percent, raising it to $65,958.

All other elected officials, with the exception of the Town Board, would receive 2.5 percent raises.

The $18,487 salaries of the four members of the Town Board will remain the same.

The budget calls for one new position, a public safety dispatcher with a salary of $33,596.

"There's a need for staffing in that department," Hoak said. "The calls don't go down on a yearly basis; they go up."

The proposed capital budget includes $20,000 to update the phone system at the Town Hall, $30,000 for drainage in the Lakeshore area, $40,000 to remodel Town Hall facilities and $100,000 for the 800-megahertz radio system for police and fire calls.

James M. Spute, director of administration and finance, said the assessed valuation in the town grew about $30 million, with about 85 percent of that coming in the town, 11 percent in Blasdell and 3 percent in the Village of Hamburg. Most of the growth in Blasdell was attributed to a decrease in property tax exemptions.

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