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Proposed Aurora town budget calls for tax hike

Aurora residents would see a projected 1.4 percent tax rate increase under the town's $2.64 million preliminary townwide budget for 2013.

Town Supervisor Jolene Jeffe presented highlights of the townwide general fund budget Monday night, which calls for an $8,000 reduction in appropriations from the current year.

"It was difficult, but we continue to try to find creative ways to provide the same level of service with less labor dollars," Jeffe said afterward.

The town is proposing 2 percent salary increases for its non-union and elected officials, she said.

The budget plan leaves all programs and staffing intact for next year. The townwide general fund, which applies to residents of the town and Village of East Aurora, calls for a $2.87 tax rate per $1,000 of assessed valuation, an increase of 4 cents over the current rate.

Estimates for sales tax and state aid are down, and the town reduced the amount of its fund balance, or savings, to apply toward the budget. The town is looking to use $145,000 from the fund balance this year instead of $166,500 used this year.

For the town outside the village budget, the tax rate remains flat at $2.71 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. Appropriations for that budget total $1.6 million.
No fund balance is being used to offset that general fund, while $841,463 of it is the amount to be raised through property taxes.

The town highway fund also calls for an unchanged tax rate of $1.52 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. Appropriations for the highway budget total $1.29 million.
An estimated $145,000 of fund balance will be used in the highway budget.

Jeffe praised town leaders for "thinking outside the box and making some rather difficult decisions."

The board will hold a budget review session at 3 p.m. Oct. 3 in the old Town Hall (chapel) on the Roycroft Campus, South Grove Street.

Inothernews,thiswillbethe last week town offices will operate out of the old chapel on the campus for town government business. on Thursday and Friday, town officials will close offices while they move to the Southside Municipal Center at 300 Gleed ave.,whichwill open for business on Monday, with normal business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

the town will move more than 50 years' worth of items and records to the new municipal center after having sold the chapel to the Margaret Wendt
foundation several years ago. the town will continue to lease the chapel from the foundation through the end of the year for long-term storage, Jeffe said.

a grand opening of the Southside Municipal Center will be held in late October or early November.