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Improving business climate bolsters town budget with unexpected revenue

The slightly improving business climate in Western New York is providing a boost for the Town of Lewiston budget.

Finance Director Michael A. Johnson told the Town Board on Monday that the town's share of receipts from sales taxes and from the gross receipts tax on Chemical Waste Management Services have exceeded original projections.

Johnson said the additional receipts would be folded into the 2012 budget for town uses such as highways and drainage services.

When this year's budget was proposed, sales tax revenue based on last year's sales was projected at $3,137,765. "Business was a little better at the end of the year," the budget director said, "and our actual sales tax income will be $3,390,354."

The town also budgeted $205,000 as its share of gross receipts from the CWM waste-disposal site. Johnson said CWM notified him that its actual payment will be $215,000. "They promised to send us the check in March," he said.

The additional sales tax receipts amount to $252,589, and the additional waste fee will be $10,000, for a total of $262,589. The finance director said the additional money could be used this year for unanticipated expenses.

Looking ahead at public works projects in the Town of Lewiston, Highway Superintendent Douglas A. Janese asked the five-member board for guidance as to which paving projects should be undertaken first. "There is an urgent need to repair several roads, and I would like to plan our work for this summer," Janese said.

Board members said they would draft a list of priorities.

In other business:

*The board scheduled a series of public hearings beginning at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 13 on the Sanborn sewer-extension project, water service improvements and upgrades to the Water Pollution Control Center. The hearings will be in Town Hall, 1375 Ridge Road.

A board work session will follow the public hearings. The next regular meeting of the board will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 27.

*The Planning Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, and the Environmental Commission at 7 p.m. next Tuesday.

Town offices will be closed Feb. 20 in observance of Presidents Day.