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Two residents of Temple Road in the Town of Dunkirk have been granted the OK for an emergency water hookup from the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

The approval comes in the wake of the wreck Sept. 15 of a Conrail train that spilled hazardous chemicals.

Town Supervisor Robert Altwies Tuesday said the residents will hire a private contractor and the work will be performed at no cost to the town or the Shorewood water district.

Altwies also announced that the 1998 budget represents a "zero tax rate."

"For the second year in a row now, we anticipate a zero tax rate for the Town of Dunkirk for general and highway expenditures," Altwies said.

Town property owners still have to pay school, county, fire district and any applicable water or sewer taxes, he said.

Under the tentative $382,730 budget, all salaries are expected to increase 4 to 5 percent and estimated sales-tax revenues are $233,348.

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