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Proposed Town of Hanover budget will carry slight tax rate increase

The proposed budget for the Town of Hanover carries a slight increase in tax rates. A public hearing on the spending plan was held Monday in Town Hall.

Bookkeeper Elmar Keifer said the average homeowner can expect to pay about $10 more annually in town taxes. He said the average home is assessed at $72,000.

The total assessment of the town is $333,702,099, an increase of about $4 million in assessed value since last year. The approximate tax rate is $1.96 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

Increases will be felt in the town's highway budget, which had to absorb fuel costs, blacktop costs and increased prices for salt.

According to Keifer, Town Board members would get no increase in their salaries of $6,200, the supervisor's salary of $17,500 is unchanged, and Deputy Supervisor Richard Slawson, at his request, will have his stipend (in addition to his board salary) reduced from $3,000 to $2,000.

Heads of departments in the town were given a $1,500 increase, and deputy positions were granted a $1,250 increase. Across the board, town employees received a $1,000 increase except where they went up a step due to longevity or passing testing requirements for licensure.

Silver Creek Trustee Anne Frederickson said she wanted the town to take a close look at longevity pay and other benefits to employees. She said town employees have a benefit because of the proximity of their workplace to their home.

The Town Board has until Nov. 20 to adjust the budget. It is expected the board will act on the spending plan at the Nov. 10 meeting.

In other matters, the board held a public hearing on the funding for fire protection in District 2. A 5 percent increase was added to the fire protection contract for the Village of Silver Creek to cover a portion of the town.

Silver Creek Deputy Mayor Ed Newman said the village has no issue with the funds, but he encouraged the town to work with the village and the emergency squad to find funding for ambulance and rescue services that are provided.

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