The Town Board Wednesday set the stage for a budget public hearing as members unanimously adopted a preliminary $11,181,100 budget for 1998, up $765,029 from the 1997 spending plan.
Supervisor J.O. Thompson emphasized that the figures may change at the public hearing, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5. At that time, there also will be public hearings on the water and sewer tax rolls, which will bring higher taxes for some districts, Thompson said.
He predicted that many costs will be higher for 1998, especially for debt service for the recently opened $2 million Town Court building adjacent to the Town Hall.
The board also approved a $2,240,000 project for needed repairs and replacements of 18 sewer pump stations that are about 20 years old. The councilmen endorsed a negative environmental impact for the project, a plan to seek both bonding and loan aid from the state Clean Water Revolving Fund.
In other business, the board:
Approved an agreement between the town and the Lockport City School District that will permit the new part of Charles Upson Elementary School to connect to the town's sewer system. The school district will pay all construction costs.
Awarded a $28,053 contract to Joe Basil Chevrolet for a one-ton dump truck for the Highway Department.
Named Deborah Gaskill to replace the late Clarence Roeseler as the town's representative to the Lockport Cable