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Evans taxpayers can look forward to some good news as the Town Board begins to work on a tentative $12.2 million budget presented to the board Wednesday night.

Supervisor Robert R. Catalino II said the budget he is proposing has a decrease in taxes of 3 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation for town residents.

"Two years ago, when I ran for supervisor, I promised that if elected, I would stabilize our tax rates and stop the continuing increases," Catalino said in a prepared statement. "I feel this budget reflects that, and I hope to continue stabilizing our tax rates into the future."

Also included in the budget is a proposed 5 percent raise for the town's elected officials. Catalino said he feels the hike is justified because there were years when no increases were given.

While the board did not discuss the spending plan, Catalino said it will be reviewing the budget over the next few weeks.

In other business, the board declared Oct. 31 as the official celebration of Halloween in the town and urged residents to leave an outside light on from 6 to 8 p.m. to help ensure children's safety.

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