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BUDGET HEARING SET FOR TUESDAY IN MIDDLE SCHOOL

Taxpayers in the Hamburg Central School District will have a chance to pose questions about the proposed 2003-04 budget during a public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Hamburg Middle School. Superintendent Peter Roswell said that with the restoration of state aid, officials were able to reduce the tax rate increase by about a third, from 3.25 percent to 2.2 percent. Officials initially estimated the district would receive about $500,000 in state aid -- about half of the current year's level -- but are now targeted to receive just over $1 million. The $43,787,897 budget approved in April represents a spending increase of 2.2 percent, or $955,169. The spending increase is slightly less than the average rate countywide -- 2.84 percent. The tax rate countywide stood at about 7.7 percent, before the resjoration of state aid.

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