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BUDGET OK'D WITH 7-CENT TAX RATE INCREASE

The Marilla Town Board has adopted a $2,188,050 budget for 2005 that carries a tax rate of $2.29 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

The spending plan, adopted in a meeting late last week, reflects a tax increase of 7 cents per $1,000, or 4 percent, which officials attributed to increases in the fire district budget.

The total amount to be raised by taxes will be $1,079,500.

The general town budget of $749,100 requires no town tax because revenues offset expenditures. The budget includes 3 percent across-the-board salary increases to: supervisor, $26,056; four Town Board members, $7,515 each; town clerk, $35,565. The positions of highway superintendent, $45,160; sanitation superintendent, $6,185; and park superintendent, $1,625 are held by one person. The only other full-time position, town clerk, has a salary of $35,565. The town's two justices will be paid $11,028 each, and the building inspector, $10,962.

The highway budget will carry a tax rate of 65 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, the same as this year, on a budget of $398,400 and a tax levy of $108,000. Town Supervisor John Foss said he funneled more sales tax revenue into this budget to keep the tax rate the same despite increased costs in salt and fuel.

The sanitation budget is $316,317 and has a tax levy of $262,300. Customers will be charged $120 per unit, the same as this year, despite more overall pickups and increased fuel costs. The town is currently rebidding refuse tipping fees in a joint venture with the Town of Elma.

The fire district budget is $282,075, up $16,000, and carries a tax rate of $1.64 per $1,000, an increase of 7 cents.

Water District 2 has a budget of $173,058 and a tax levy of $169,125; Water District 3, $163,200 and a tax levy of $163,000; Water District 4, $105,800 and $95,100.

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