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Unanimously OK'd budget to cut tax rate

Hanover taxpayers will see a decrease of 12 cents in their tax rate under a 2008 budget of $2,550,339.

The budget proposal was passed unanimously Tuesday by the entire Town Board. The rate for town residents outside the villages of Silver Creek and Forestville will be $2.37 per $1,000 of assessed value, and residents in the villages will see a rate of $2.89.

Town Supervisor Kathy Tampio said the difference in rates has to do with the way sales tax revenue is disbursed to communities, with the villages electing to receive their revenues directly.

The proposal has the same water rate of $1.45 for each 1,000 gallons of water and a decrease in the sewer use rate from 38 to 34 cents for each 1,000 gallons.

Residents of Water District 2 who were paying $2 per $1,000 gallons to cover repair costs will have their rate lowered to $1.45.

Despite talks with the Sunset Bay Fire Company, rates for fire protection contracts also remained the same.

"The Town Board held a public meeting in Sunset Bay as a result of a request from the Sunset Bay Fire Department to increase its funding above the 5 percent annual increase the town has provided to all of the six companies that we contract with," Tampio said.

Tampio said that the majority of residents in the district responded that while they supported the local fire company and its needs they did not want increased funding to come from property tax revenue.

She said the issues raised by Fire Department members for equipment and radios appears to be a need throughout the township.

"So we will be meeting with all these fire companies in the coming year to review their needs in order to insure adequate fire protection for all areas of the Town of Hanover," Tampio said. The approved contracts call for $42,350 in Hanover Center for District 2; $26,875 for Sunset Bay in District 2; and $44,678 for Sunset Bay in District 3. Each contract calls for a 5 percent increase over the next three years.

The new town budget adds $2,000 for Anderson Lee Library, bringing total funding to $26,000. Chautauqua County Legislator David Wilder, D-Silver Creek, asked that the board consider a one-time funding of $60,000 for the library.

"I am ashamed to admit I have not taken a book out in a long time, but I recognize the value of the library," Wilder said. "There isn't anything more worthy than to see the library have a solid financial future."

The Town Board has supported one-time funds to the library previously through its capital campaign. "I have spoken to Richard Crino, [library treasurer], and he assures me that the library is not in danger of shutting their doors," Tampio said.
The $2,000 increase to the library had no affect on the town tax rate.

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