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Village tax rate up 36 cents in budget draft

Angola residents will see a 2.93 percent increase in their tax rates if the village's 2006-07 budget is approved unchanged.

Mayor Howard "Hub" Frawley has presented the village's tentative budget, with a public hearing on it set next Monday.

The $2.1 million budget would increase taxes by about $22 for the owner of a house assessed at $60,000, the value used as a typical home in Angola.

The tax rate would increase from $12.29 to $12.65 per $1,000 of assessed value, putting total village taxes on that $60,000 house at $759.

Frawley said the budget includes increases for sidewalk repairs and road paving.

"We didn't have any money for sidewalks last year, so we couldn't replace any broken sidewalks," he said. "And for street paving, I think we only did one street last year. If we don't keep on top of that paving, we're cooked."

The budget also includes a pay increase to $4,500 from $3,900 for Frawley, although that's less than the $5,000 his predecessor, James Carlson, was paid. The Village Board cut the salary last year.

Over a third of the budget involves the town's water system, which is paid for totally by user fees and has no effect on tax rates.

Frawley said it is unlikely the budget will see much change, unless something comes out of the public hearing. He said he had worked with the board and Village Clerk Linda Giancarlo on the budget, so they already had input.

"We feel that 36 cents is a very reasonable increase," said Trustee William Houston, "considering the challenges we face, with funding New York State retirement, hospitalization insurance and fuel."

The budget also includes almost a 20 percent increase -- or $7,400 -- for the Fire Department.

The costs for police services went up 1.2 percent, with potential increases blunted by the retirement of Patrick Puckhaber as full-time chief and his temporary return part-time.

"Many of the things we had planned over the last couple of years worked," said Houston.


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