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The tax rate for the Town of Pomfret would be cut by 11 cents to $2.23 per $1,000 of assessed valuation under the $1,413,766 preliminary budget adopted by the Town Board Monday night after a hearing.

The spending plan is $317,499 less than the 1997 budget, according to Supervisor Mark Thomas. The final budget must be adopted before Nov. 20.

In other action on Monday night, the board introduced a local law for a six-month moratorium on building permits in the C-1 conservation district.

The district is the watershed for the reservoir that serves the Village of Fredonia and several water districts in the town.

Nicholas Geiben began constructing a house on land next to the reservoir before applying for a permit. In early September, the town Zoning Board of Appeals said he had to move the house to the other side of a ridge.

The Village of Fredonia opposed Geiben's construction.

Geiben has asked the State Supreme Court to review the Zoning Board's decision.

A hearing on the moratorium is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 12, the date of the next monthly Town Board meeting.

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