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BUDGET FINE-TUNING KEEPS TAX RATE AT $2.49

The Grand Island Town Board Tuesday night fine-tuned the proposed 1998 budget, moving some dollars around, while staying within the $4.5 million general fund plan presented by Supervisor James H. Pax.

The budget requires a $1.39 million tax levy with a tax rate of $2.49 per $1,000 of assessed value, the same as this year.

On hand to explain the budget line by line and assist board members in making adjustments were town Accountant Leo Moser and Robert Shea, certified public accountant.

There will be a public hearing on the budget at 8 p.m. Nov. 6 in Town Hall.

Other budgets presented by Pax with no tax increases were:

Highway, $1.5 million; townwide fire protection, $567,326 with a 92.5 cent tax rate, down 2 cents; refuse and garbage district, $770,960, no change in rate; consolidated water district, $2.27 million, tax rate down 27 cents; five sewer districts, budgets totaling $2.3 million with varying tax rates based on the cost of debt service and sewer lines; and 31 lighting districts, each with its own rate.

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