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FOSS PLAN HIKES RATE 4

Marilla Supervisor John R. Foss Tuesday filed a $1,622,756 budget for 1998 that is up 2.1 percent over this year and carries a tax rate of $1.67 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, an increase of 4 cents. The budget calls for 3 percent across-the-board raises for all employees.

The General Fund portion of the spending plan is $798,325 and is up 3 percent but will be funded by sales tax and other revenues and will carry no tax rate.

The highway fund budget at $287,400 is up 2.3 percent and will carry a tax rate of 50 cents per $1,000 -- the same as this year.

Water District I will have a budget of $9,480, will be on the last year of bond payments and will see a per household reduction of $20 to $280 per household from $300.

The Water District II budget will be $163,166 or $200 a year per house, the same as this year.

The Water District III budget of $172,790 will be down $50 to $300 per household due to a $100,000 surplus.

The Fire District budget set at $188,195, which includes fire protection, the alarm system, compensation and service award, will carry a tax rate of $1.17, up 4 cents due to increased equipment costs.

Foss said the $3,300 budget for the lighting district which services a small portion of the town will cost 9 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation -- an increase of one cent.

Foss said he has targeted the codification of town laws and ordinances into one book at an estimated cost of $12,000. He said the town is expected to save money next year because it won't face extra costs it had to contend with this year, such as developing mining and subdivision regulations, road specifications and consultants.

Proposed salaries are:

Supervisor, $21,187; councilmen, $6,102; town clerk, $24,026; tax collector, $10,872; town justice, $8,964.

The highway superintendent earns $31,750 a year but has additional duties as sanitation superintendent for $5,028 and park superintendent for $1,321. The building inspector earns $8,913.

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