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The Brant Town Board will meet Tuesday to polish the 1998 tentative budget submitted by Supervisor Samuel J. Chiavetta Jr. that calls for minimal tax-rate changes.

The general fund tax rate is pegged at $3.84 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, up a penny despite the $23,956 drop in appropriations, bringing them to $458,171. Chiavetta blamed the rate rise on a $944,000 decline in Brant's assessed valuation, largely caused by the loss of $1.2 million in Conrail assessments.

The $109,330 highway fund spending, down $23,000, calls for a 55-cent tax rate, down a penny from the 1997 rate.

The $92,053 fire-protection appropriation, up $8,000, will give $36,500 to Brant Fire Company, $36,000 to Farnham Fire Company and $2,750 to North Collins Fire Department.

Installing a new pump added $10,000 to Sewer District No. 1 costs, sending them to $63,150. Sewer District No. 2 costs will rise $1,000, to $112,000.

Chiavetta said local tax rates for the Brant-Farnham Water District, whose installation will be completed in November, have not been calculated. The nearly $1 million project is partly funded by a grant and partly by a low-cost loan.

No salary increases have been budgeted for elected officials, Chiavetta said. They are: supervisor, $11,970; councilman, $3,410; justices, $5,412; clerk, $14,571; highway superintendent, $17,60; chief assessor, $5,153; and other assessors, $3,257.

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