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LOCAL NEWS BRIEFS

>Board appeals court ruling on vote to reduce size

Members of the West Seneca Town Board are appealing a recent court ruling that would have put a referendum on reducing the size of town government on the November ballot because they feel it contains incorrect information, board member Vincent Graber told the Buffalo News on Tuesday.

"We don't believe the petition was correct," Graber said. "We need to have an open debate on the issue. We need the facts. That's going to take time."

Graber said the wording on the petition that more than 4,300 residents signed last summer calling for the reduction of the Town Board from five members to three was unclear as to when it would take effect.

State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Mintz disagreed, ruling last week that it was understandable, and ordered the town to put it on the ballot by Nov. 17.

The Town Board then hired outside counsel to represent it in an appeal of that ruling.

Graber said he is not against the referendum.

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>Budget passage delayed by missing paperwork

The Marilla Town Board held a special meeting Tuesday night to review the 2009 budget but failed to adopt the spending plan when a snag was encountered.

Supervisor George Gertz and board members were unable to find paperwork for a budget line for $25,000 in property rentals. Though Gertz is certain the documents will be found, their absence blocked the approval of the budget, which had been expected.

The 2009 budget of $2.5 million calls for a tax levy of $1.1 million and a tax rate of $2.27 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, an increase of 2 cents from this year.

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