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The Holland Central School Board Wednesday night adopted its 1998-99 tax rates for the district's eight towns in two counties.

In Holland, the only whole town within the district, rates are up 28 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, to $14.54; Aurora, up nine cents, to $20.35; Wales, up $1.48, to $20.36; Colden, up 24 cents to $17.87; Sardinia, down four cents, to $14.53.

The Wyoming County town of Java shows an increase of $2.54, to $20.59 per $1,000, and in Sheldon, up 89 cents, to $20.59.

Business Administrator Thomas Bagley said that $3,962,914 of the total school budget must be raised through the local property tax levy, which equates to a 2.67 percent rise in the assessment rate over last year.

Bagley said the district was reimbursed roughly 5 percent by the state for the implementation of the STAR tax-relief program now targeted only for senior citizens.

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