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Three boards in Niagara County approve village budgets, reorganize

Village budgets for 2012-13 were adopted as proposed this week without a word from any residents following public hearings in Barker, Middleport and Wilson.

Wilson adopted a $1.2 million budget, which includes a tax rate decrease of 15 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, to $7.37. The board held a public hearing on its proposed sewer budget last month and kept the sewer rate steady at $8 per 1,000 gallons. Its water rate also remains the same at $3.15 per $1,000 gallons.

Also during Monday's reorganizational meeting, newcomer Gerard "Jerry" Kadryna was sworn in as a new trustee. The Republican/Independent candidate was elected last month over Democrat Steve Clark to serve a four-year term.

Barker also adopted its $1.3 million budget Monday, inflated by a $1 million capital budget for Phase II of its project to replace antiquated water lines. Its tax rate remained steady at $8 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

Newcomer Scott Matheis> was sworn in as a village trustee during the reorganizational meeting. He won a noncontested election for one of two openings on the board last month, as did incumbent Patricia Fuller. Trustees serve two-year terms.

The reorganizational meeting also brought some shuffling of names and titles, as Robert Longstreet was appointed a new Planning Board member, as well as chairman. He replaced former Planning Board chairman Robert Wendler, who was appointed Monday to replace new trustee Scott Matheis on the Zoning Board of Appeals. Joseph Naish also was appointed to the Zoning Board of Appeals to replace Daniel Duwe who retired after 28 years.

Middleport didn't draw any comments from the public, either, as it adopted a $1.7 million budget for 2012-13.

Because Middleport falls into two townships with different property equalization rates -- Royalton and Hartland -- tax rates can differ by address. Middleport residents in Hartland have a tax rate of $9.86 per $1,000 of assessed valuation under the 2012-13 budget, while residents living in Royalton will see their tax rate rise 30 cents to $10.16 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. But, because Royalton has a 97 percent equalization rate and Hartland's is 100 percent, most residents will not see a change in their overall tax bill, according to Village Clerk Rebecca Schweigert.

Incumbents Thomas Conley and Dennis McAvoy were sworn in as trustees during the reorganizational meeting Monday. They were elected last month in non-contested races for the two-year posts.

The board also made three new appointments. Joseph Massaro was appointed to a five-year term on the Planning Board. Doug Webber was placed on the Zoning Board of Appeals for a three-year term. And, Sara Barr was appointed to a three-year term on the Youth Recreation Board.

Youngstown will hold a public hearing on its tentative budget at 7 p.m. Thursday in Village Hall, 240 Lockport St. Lewiston will hold a public hearing on its tentative budget on April 18 in Village Hall, 145 N. Fourth St. The deadline for budget adoption is May 1.