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East Aurora residents would see a small decrease in the village tax rates under Village Administrator Patrick E. Richey's proposed budget.

Richey's proposed 1998-99 budget carries a tax rate of $12.79 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, down a penny from this year. General fund expenditures are expected to rise $589,000, or more than 13 percent.

He attributed the slight decrease in the tax rate to the use of $775,000 in surplus funds. The 13 percent increase, Richey said, results mostly from capital projects.

The preliminary budget carries raises of 3 to 4 percent village employees, Richey said.

Richey said capital improvement projects include road work on Hamlin, Whaley and Girard avenues and Prospect Street. Sidewalk repairs will continue to be a major project, Richey said.

Village Hall work would include installing a web site and voice-mail system. Funds also are budgeted for buying a mini-pumper for the East Aurora Fire Department.

The board set an April 20 public hearing on the budget.

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