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HOLLAND BOARD APPROVES HESSEL SPENDING PLAN

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
disposal.

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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