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TAXES TO RISE AS BOARD OKS 2005 BUDGET

The average Lancaster homeowner will pay about $64 more in town property taxes in 2005 under a $23.9 million budget unanimously approved Monday by the Town Board.

Under the plan, a resident with a home assessed at $100,000 in the town would pay $1,094.01, a 6.25 percent increase over 2004.

The budget, which includes the general town services and special districts, calls for a $14.8 million tax levy, or 8.5 percent more to be raised in property taxes than was required this year. Overall spending in the 2005 budget is up 7.5 percent from 2004.

For property owners inside the town, but outside the villages of Lancaster and Depew, the plan calls for a 5.47 percent tax rate increase to $9.44 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The 2004 tax rate was $8.95 per $1,000.

In the Village of Lancaster, a homeowner with a property assessed at $70,000 would receive a 2005 tax bill of $558.51. That's $28.62 more, or 5.4 percent increase over this year's bill. Village of Depew homeowners, meanwhile, would see a $9.80 tax increase to $212.10, a 4.8 percent hike on a home valued at $70,000.

The Town Board on Monday also unanimously agreed to accept a final Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Pleasant Meadows subdivision that was submitted Friday by Marrano/Marc Equity.

The public and other interested parties now have until Nov. 29 to review the document before the town issues its written findings on the environmental report.

Marrano is seeking to create an 800-unit development south of Pleasant View Drive, north of Walden Avenue, west of Stonybrook Estates and east of Walden Terrace.

Marrano wants to have the 270-acre parcel rezoned to accommodate the proposed development. A public hearing is required for Marrano's rezoning request.

e-mail: hmcneil@buffnews.com

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