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TAX RATE UNCHANGED IN BUDGET PROJECTION

Tax rates are projected to stay the same in Akron at $5.75 per $1,000 of assessed valuation under the tentative $4.56 million village budget for 2005-06.

According to officials, this year's budget will include a $1 increase in the garbage collection fee to $31 per quarter to help offset the cost of having Freon-containing items removed from the village over the past year.

Village-Clerk Treasurer Daniel P. Borchert said those items are not covered under the village's current refuse contract. "The village pays $45 per Freon unit when they are picked up by our current refuse collector," he said.

Borchert also told the Village Board that the village's health care costs have increased 17.47 percent for the upcoming year.

The tentative budget also includes a $1 per 1,000-gallon increase in the water rate. That means the minimum rate would rise to $28.75 per quarter from $23.75 for water use below 5,000 gallons per quarter for village residents.

Town of Newstead water customers will pay $6.25 per 1,000 gallons, and for other customers, the rate will rise to $8.50 per 1,000 gallons. The sewer rate remains unchanged at $3.15 per 1,000 gallons based on water use.

The village has appropriated $25,000 of fund balance to balance the budget, requiring a property tax levy of $643,763 based on a total assessed valuation of $111,958,695.

The Village Board's public hearing on the spending plan Monday drew only one speaker.

Under the proposed budget, the mayor's salary would be $7,585 and trustees' $5,029.

Work sessions will continue during the month before the budget is considered for adoption.

Also Monday, officials announced several appointments: Trustee E. Peter Forrestel was named deputy mayor, and Borchert was renamed budget officer and public information officer.

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