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Board wants smaller hike in property tax

Although a tax increase of 5.7 percent is proposed for the fiscal year beginning June 1, members of the Alden Village Board hope to trim that hike in coming weeks.

The proposed $1.75 million general fund budget carries a property tax increase of 57 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.

Village Administrator Beth Downing said the board is studying the budget and plans to meet this week to discuss options before a public hearing in April.

"They very much want to get that [tax increase] down to something more reasonable," she said.

Even though residents may be looking at a tax increase, the general fund budget reflects spending reductions in many departments and is lower than last year's plan by about $30,000.

However, anticipated revenue also has decreased from last year by about $75,000, with the village not receiving as much grant money and a $20,000 drop in the fund balance.

The total appropriated tax levy has increased by $45,000, forcing the tax hike.

The village has other budget lines funded separately. There are no planned changes to the water and sewer rates, and the ambulance fund remains self-sustaining.

However, the village plans to raise the garbage and refuse tax by 3.52 percent, or $5.81, for a total fee of $184.42 per unit.

A public hearing is scheduled at 7:45 p.m. April 6 in Alden Village Hall. The budget is likely to be adopted when the board meets April 20.

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