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Mayor Richard Frey's proposed 2005 budget of $18,715,712 was the subject of a public hearing Tuesday night before the Dunkirk Common Council, but no residents commented.

The plan is the same as the current year's, with the anticipated tax rate remaining at $15.88 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The amount to be raised by taxes is $4,428,298.

Frey praised the spending plan, noting the city's budget 10 years ago was $3 million to $4 million more than the current plan. "The real credit for this budget goes to the Council and department heads for their cooperation," he noted. "

In other matters:

Councilman Jim Muscato said public hearings will be held on the Community Development Block Grant program at 7 p.m. today in Courtney Street Apartments and 7 p.m. Thursday in City Hall.

A request by the Image Fitness Center to hold a run and walk in Dunkirk on Nov. 13 was referred to the Police Department and the Public Works Department. Officials noted that the annual Halloween party in City Hall for children will be from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 29. Trick-or-treat hours in the city are from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

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