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WHEATFIELD TO AIR BUDGET AT PUBLIC HEARING OCT. 22

The Town Board set a public hearing Monday on the proposed 1998 budget for 7 p.m. Oct. 22.

Supervisor Timothy E. Demler said changes to his recommended $6,749,789 budget could be incorporated at that time. So far, no modifications have been formally proposed since he submitted the budget on Oct. 1.

The proposed budget, which is nearly $337,000 less than what was appropriated for 1997, is expected to save the average homeowner about $30-40 in property taxes a year. Demler noted this year's budget saved homeowners about $159.

Most of the savings in the proposal are attributed to reductions in two sewer bonds and a water bond which was paid off completely.

Other cuts include $70,000 from the Recreation Department budget, $20,000 from the town attorney, the deletion of vehicle purchases and a request for town employees to accept a 2.5 percent across-the-board raise next year.

As the town has no general property tax, the savings would be seen in reduced water and sewer rates as well as in special districts.

A budget must be approved by Nov. 20.

In an unrelated matter, the board set a workshop meeting for 7 p.m. Oct. 20.

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