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BUDGET ADDS 3.9% TO SPENDING

Newstead officials presented a revised budget of $2.86 million at Monday night's sparsely attended public hearing.

The spending plan for next year, is about 3.9 percent higher than this year's and calls for a tax rate for residents outside of Akron of $2.78 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. In the village, the town tax rate would be $1.63.

Some adjustments were made in the budget during work sessions this month. The Town Board will continue to review the budget, and officials hinted that, although more changes might be made, tax rates will not be affected.

In other matters, the board:

Was told by Robert N. Scheib that a tire pile behind Antique World on Main Street continues to be a major problem. He suggested officials re-examine the issue.

Agreed to apply for federal community development funds to continue providing rural transportation service for elderly, disabled and low-income people who meet federal guidelines. Officials said in the first three months of operation, the new Akron, Clarence and Newstead rural transit van has been well received and is providing valuable services not available from other agencies.

Approved a special-use permit and the site plan for Bright Meadows Golf Course on Clarence Center Road and declared that the proposed project would have no significant impact on the environment.

Was told by Councilman Gerald F. Summe that a public information meeting would be held soon on the final draft of a comprehensive master plan for the town.

Heard Councilman Thomas George report that work is continuing on the $2.9 million Newstead Public Library, being built on Main Street next to Akron Village Hall.

"We're anticipating construction of the roof structure the second week in November," he said.

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