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Residents, board members debate proposed budget

Despite a projected tax decrease, residents and board members alike debated the preliminary 2009 West Seneca budget for more than two hours during a public hearing Wednesday night.

Under the $31.9 million spending plan proposed by Town Supervisor Wallace C. Piotrowski, the tax rate would be $17.25 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, a reduction of .72 percent, or 13 cents less than the current rate.

Much of the talk centered on two proposals by Piotrowski, who seeks to restructure the town's dog control department and reduce staffing at town parks.

Piotrowski said the dog control department costs more than $200,000 annually. His plan would turn the service over to the Town of Orchard Park for $50,000 a year.

Councilwoman Christina Wleklinski Bove raised concerns about the change, citing existing union contracts, and said she has a plan that would keep the services in the town.

The board tabled the budget Wednesday night and plans to hold at least one work session before voting on it.

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