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Proposed budget hikes taxes more than 7%

Adjustments to the proposed budget will save Village of Hamburg residents a few dollars, but they still face a tax increase of more than 7 percent.

The Village Board conducted a public hearing on the budget Monday night that drew only one comment.

More than a dozen employees of the Department of Public Works were present to support a worker who faces the loss of his job. However, none of them spoke.

Reductions in three accounts mean the likely tax increase will be 98 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, rather than $1.08. The new tax rate will be $14.73.

The board is expected to adopt the budget for the fiscal year beginning June 1 during a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday.

On another matter, a revised plan for the Forest Glen subdivision lessens the number of housing units by 10, according to Michael George of Clover Management, the developer.

It now calls for 21 single homes, 95 patio homes, 32 condominiums and 120 apartments.

The board approved the appointment of Joseph Meegan to the Planning Commission, replacing Brian Beger, who resigned for personal reasons.

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