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The 1998 budget for Cattaraugus County will be presented to county legislators during a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. today.

No information on the budget has been made public -- a continuing policy of Donald E. Furman, budget director and county administrator.

The county this year is operating under a $114 million budget that features a 4.9 tax increase. The tax hike was kept down by using $2.6 million from surplus and maintaining some restrictions in programs.

The full-value tax rate is $10.89 per $1,000 of assessed value, up from $10.39 the previous year.

Furman has been working along with his financial staff for several months to prepare the new budget. Department heads had to follow a strict schedule, getting requests to him on time.

Copies of the budget will be available from Furman beginning Thursday.

The budget review by legislative committees will begin next week. That schedule will end with a public hearing and adoption of a new budget two days before Thanksgiving.

The meetings -- at 6:30 p.m., unless otherwise indicated -- follow:

Oct. 22, 5:30 p.m. -- Senior Services Committee reviewing Department of Aging budget.

Oct. 23 -- Development and Agriculture Committee reviewing requests from economic development agencies.

Oct. 28 -- Legislative Committee of the Whole reviewing requests from contract agencies.

Oct. 30 -- Senior Services and Finance Committee, considering budgets from county nursing homes.

Nov. 6 -- Public Safety Committee, reviewing sheriff's, court and related budgets.

Nov. 12 -- Public Works Committee.

Nov. 13 -- Human Services Committee.

Nov. 18 -- County Operations Committee.

Nov. 20 -- Finance Committee to make a final review of all budgets.

Nov. 25, 3 p.m. -- public hearing and vote to adopt the new budget.

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