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Tax rate to remain unchanged

The village tax rate for the fiscal year beginning June 1 will remain unchanged at $7.12 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, Mayor Terry C. Collesano said Monday.

The Village Board scheduled a public hearing on the proposed 2012-13 budget of about $3.3 million for 6 p.m. April 18 in the Municipal Building, 145 N. Fourth St.

Detailed comparisons with previous year's budgets were not immediately available, but Collesano said the tax rate for the coming year would remain the same as for the current year. He said some items in the budget could be changed after the public hearing and before its final adoption by the Village Board.

The tentative budget includes nearly $2.5 million for general village services plus about $384,000 for the water fund and about $481,000 for the sewer fund.

Lewiston operates on a different budget schedule from other villages in Niagara County. Public hearings on the budgets for Barker, Wilson and Middleport were held Monday, and Youngstown's hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 12.

Besides setting the schedule for the Lewiston budget hearing, the Village Board also scheduled a separate public hearing for the same time -- 6 p.m. April 18 -- on a list of proposed capital improvements totaling $98,200 for the coming fiscal year.

The proposed capital improvements include installing about 1,200 feet of a 12-inch diameter storm sewer on North Fourth Street, replacing 300 feet of sanitary sewer on East Lane, installing parking spaces at Academy Park, repairing a sewer lateral on Mohawk Street, and an inspection and analysis of some infrastructure.

Richard San Giacomo, president of R&D consulting engineers of Orchard Park, said some of the capital improvements could be done by village work crews and the others by private contractors. He said the cost of the improvements could be paid for by borrowing through the sale of bond anticipation notes and that the return on the investment would eventually repay the borrowing.