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Boston Town Supervisor Richard L. Kennedy Wednesday filed a preliminary budget of $3,243,337 for 1998, compared with $3.1 million for this year.

The general fund of $1,091,130 is up just $10,000 and thus there would be no tax increase in that category. The tax rate would be the same as last year's 76 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

Other features of Kennedy's proposed budget are:

The highway budget of $843,518 is up $36,318 and would have an increase of 7 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, from the current $2.18. Serial bonds had to be purchased to finance three new trucks and machinery.

The fire protection budget of $501,124 would result in a tax rate of $1.92, an increase of 2 cents per $1,000, to reflect the 5 percent increase in the fire contract with the three fire companies -- Boston, North Boston and Patchin -- which increase by $12,600.

The lighting budget of $23,554 would not change the tax rate from the current 18 cents per $1,000.

Refuse and garbage budget would be $361,178, up from $332,166, and would increase the charge to each property by $5, to $125 per unit.

Water district No. 1's budget of $72,055 would increase that tax rate by 11 cents per $1,000 to cover the cost of the new tank and pump station and to accommodate the 20 percent cost increase from Erie County Water Authority for a lease management for hydrants.

Water District No. 2's budget of $1,211 is unchanged from last year.

The ambulance budget of $92,934 would require an increase of 13 cents, to 50 cents per $1,000, to reflect additional appropriations for a volunteer benefit program.

A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for 8 p.m. Nov. 5.

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