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Tax rate decreases, but tax bill rises

BATAVIA -- Property owners in the Batavia City School District will see a small decrease in their tax rate but a higher tax bill because of reassessments.

The rate will be $23.55 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, a decrease despite a 5.5 percent hike in spending of 27 cents. However, that may be offset by assessment updates in the city and parts of the towns of Batavia and Stafford, which the district comprises.

Property owners whose assessment was not increased will see a smaller bill. Billing is done in October.

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Nuremberg prosecutor to speak at symposium

CHAUTAUQUA -- Whitney R. Harris is the featured dinner speaker at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, in the Athenaeum Hotel at the Chautauqua Institution, as part of the four-day symposium "Sixty Years after the Nuremberg Trials: Crimes against Humanity and Peace."

The symposium features speakers who lived through the Nuremberg Trials and professionals involved in international trials today.
A full schedule, fees and advance registration information are available by contacting Fredonia State College at 673-3528 and at www.fredonia.edu/org/jacksonsymposium-schedule.asp and www.roberthjackson.org.

Harris practiced law in Los Angeles from 1936 until 1942, when he joined the Navy. Toward the end of World War II, Harris, a lieutenant, was assigned to special duty with the Office of Strategic Services, in charge of investigating war crimes in the European Theatre.

In August 1945, Harris joined the staff of Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson in the trial of the German war criminals at Nuremberg. He served as assistant prosecutor.

For more information, contact Rolly Kidder or Rebecca Robbins at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown by calling 483-6646. You can also call Christine Davis Mantai at Fredonia State College, 673-3528; or Michael Sullivan at Chautauqua Institution, 357-6230.

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