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The Holland Town Board Wednesday night unanimously passed Supervisor Gordon Hessel's 1998 spending plan, calling for an increase in the tax rate of 2.2 percent. During a public hearing on the budget held prior to the regular meeting, Hessel's blueprint called for total appropriations of $539,974, with revenue to be raised by means other than the tax levy set at $274,028. Hessel's plan also calls for applying $85,000 in last year's unexpended fund balance to help reduce the tax burden next year, leaving the total amount to be raised by general taxes at $180,946.

That figure means the average homeowner will pay $146.01 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, up from $1.43 this year. He said the total assessed valuation in the town is $123,840,146.

Total highway appropriations call for $391,292 to be raised though taxes, meaning the average homeowner will pay $315.09 a year, a 3 cent increase.

Hessel estimated that the garbage fee will be $132.28 per household, an increase of $2.70. The town contracts with a private hauler for garbage

Annual salaries for elected officials are; Hessel, $16,500; councilmen, $4,350 each; town clerk, $19,600 in addition to other salary amounts budgeted for various duties such as chief registrar; and highway
superintendent, $38,839.

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