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Tentative budget holds line on taxes

The City Council on Wednesday adopted a tentative budget for 2009-10 that would hold the line on property taxes.

In a unanimous vote, the Council approved the proposed $7.09 million budget, which calls for a tax levy of $1.01 million and tax rate of $52.41 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

The Council will entertain public comments on the spending proposal at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Municipal Center. Copies of the proposed budget will be available Monday in the city clerk's office.

During a brief meeting, the Council approved a three-year agreement between the city and the Civil Service Employees Association unit of the city police force. The pact, which runs through 2011, features annual raises of 3.6 percent. Mayor Jeffrey Pond was directed to sign the pact.

In other matters:

* The Council agreed to comply with a State Supreme Court order to reduce the assessed value of a Verizon-owned building at 23 Wildwood Ave. to $45,000. The change will result in a refund of school taxes and lowered assessment on city, county and school tax rolls. The site has been vacant for several years.

* Pond appointed Brenda Fuller, the Rev. Michael Lonto, Ronald Smith and Edd Dry to the Youth Board. Lonto succeeds Gerise Dupont, who resigned, for a term that expires in 2012.

* Meeting earlier as the Board of Public Works Commission, Pond and the Council agreed to an amended price for a new dump/plow truck for Public Works. It will increase by $6,300, to $120,413.

* The low bid of $4,500 was accepted from Seneca Construction Co. to demolish a former warming hut at the ice pond on Fawn Avenue.

* The state Department of Transportation advised the city that work to repave several streets will begin in June and be completed by September. Targeted are Central Avenue (Route 219); Wildwood Avenue (Route 417) and Broad Street (Route 417). Until that time, the DOT has agreed to assist the city in fixing potholes on each street.

* Discussing shovel-ready projects for possible federal stimulus money, the commissioners noted that engineering studies are complete for drainage projects for Jackson and Murray avenues. They authorized engineers to look over projects for a culvert on West State Street and repairing a section of Center Street and Wildwood Avenue from Cottage Avenue east to the city line.

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