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Tonawanda Town Board sets budget hearing for Thursday

The Tonawanda Town Board has fine-tuned a projected 2008 property tax bill and set a public hearing on the preliminary budget for 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Council Chambers of the Municipal Building.

At this point, the average home assessed at $50,000 would have a $1,111.27 tax bill next year -- an increase of $41.05 from this year.

Additional adjustments are possible before Nov. 20, when the budget must be adopted.

During a series of meetings last month, Town Board members considered proposals to amend the budget, several of which were approved during regular board sessions.

Some of them didn't affect the bottom line of what's now an $80.48 million spending plan.

Among those were cuts in the Youth, Parks & Recreation Department's budget to restore $9,000 to the buildings and grounds budget for the Fire Training Center.

On the other hand, a modernization project of the Consolidated Sanitary Sewer District Plant resulted in a $300,000 reduction in anticipated costs for natural gas and electricity.

The purchase and installation of two centrifuges was approved in March 2004; they became operational earlier this year.

"It's good to see a budget amendment that reduces the tax levy for a typical homeowner," Supervisor Ronald H. Moline said at a Town Board work session.

One amendment related to that savings was to take $125,000 off the tax levy, which now stands at roughly $39.4 million.

The other was to put the remaining $175,000 into a sewer line repair account for infrastructure improvements.

Both amendments were unanimously approved by the Town Board at its meeting last week.

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