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DEMLER BUDGET WILL OFFER AVERAGE TAX CUT OF $18

Supervisor Timothy E. Demler said he will submit a 2000 town budget that will carry a property tax cut of about $18 for the average homeowner.

The proposed package, to be turned in today, would be the fourth consecutive budget to contain a tax break but no reduction in services, Demler said.

"To say the very least, I am very pleased with this, our fourth budget," the supervisor said. "Although some will be surprised, this budget contains another tax cut."

Demler said he was proud to be able to offer residents a break in their expenses yet an increase in their services.

The $7 million proposal, which would be discussed at the next Town Board meeting Oct. 4, increases in library funding, a new $90,000 swimming pool for Fairmont Park, augmented drainage funding and an additional $100,000 for handicapped accessibility work as well as $100,000 for the proposed community center, he said.

In addition, the budget carries a 3.5 percent across-the-board pay hike for all town employees and payment on the $7.4 million sewer construction bond.

He noted that the accomplishments were possible through "efficient operations and a prudent investment portfolio" along with the cooperation of his administration.

"I would like to thank my budget director Winston Moeller and our department heads for all their efforts in producing this budget," Demler explained.

He said his proposal would be subject to the scrutiny of the board and would be discussed at a future public hearing.

He noted that the water surplus has again been increased through cost savings and investment interest. Although the water fund was reduced this year through a first-ever water refund program to residents, those funds have been almost replaced in full by new interest and revenues. He said he would not rule out another refund to residents.

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