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Tax rate unchanged in draft budget

Taxpayers in the Town of West Seneca will see no change in the total tax rate for 2007, according to the tentative budget released by Town Supervisor Paul Clark.

"I am proud to present a budget which holds the line on property taxes charged to our town property owners," Clark said in a statement.

There will be no increase in the total town rate for the year 2007. Clark credited solid management practices, controlling expenses and increasing non-tax sources of revenue for his being able to hold the line on taxes. He said there has also been continuous attention paid to departmental cost reduction.

The total tax rate for the town is $17.72 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, the same as last year. When broken down, the tax rate for the general fund is $10.97 this year, up from $10.95 last year, and the highway fund is $6.75, down from $6.77 last year, for a total of $17.72.

"The town's solid financial footing can be attributed to my fellow Town Board members who have displayed fiscal responsibility and made prudent financial decisions when called to do so," Clark said. "We have been fair in our union negotiations and are working on a reduction in hospitalization insurance costs and should see positive results."

Clark said he continues to fund the police and public safety budget at a high level, with monies provided for seven new police vehicles.

"Containment of costs and enhancement of revenues will continue to be a priority," he said. "We will continue to offer an excellent package of municipal services to our residents at an affordable cost."

Under the new budget, Clark's salary as supervisor is listed as $61,258, while Council members salaries totaled $87,068, or $21,767 each. Clark also receives a stipend of $5,361 for his work as budget director.

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