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A tentative 1998 budget for the Town of Ellicott projects an approximate 33-cent tax increase.

Town Supervisor Patrick Tyler Friday said the Town council "will sit down next with department heads and make some spending cuts, and we are still hoping that we will have no tax increase this year."

For the most part, Tyler said spending hikes are due to personnel costs.

"This year we had contracts with a couple of our unions, and we did settle (those pacts) with increases, and they are only 3 to 4 percent hikes so that is not out of line," Tyler added.

The Ellicott Town Board is expected to make some changes before a public hearing Nov. 5, with a final budget to be adopted by Nov. 20.

Tyler also said Friday a final agreement is in place with Covenant Management of Jamestown to clean up the burned out Jamestown Sterling site.

"This is a relief," Tyler said. "I know people have been concerned about it, especially the safety issues. So now that this final step is done we are hoping the work will get under way immediately."

The $40,000 pact had been contingent on the company obtaining a performance bond, but Tyler said that proved to be difficult because it is a small company. The two sides finally agreed the town will hold 50 percent of the money in an escrow account until the work is done.

The vacant furniture plant on Allen Street Extension burned to the ground Labor Day weekend, 1995.

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