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Dunkirk’s $15.1 million budget gets OK; tax rate to rise 2.5 %

DUNKIRK – Common Council members adopted a few changes to Mayor A.J. Dolce’s 2013 budget and passed the spending plan Tuesday at their regular meeting.

The nearly $15.1 million spending plan will include a tax levy – the amount to be raised in property taxes – of slightly more than $4,8 million.

A tax-rate increase is projected at 2.5 percent. It could have been higher if not for the use of $89,000 from reserve funds to reduce the burden on property owners, city officials said.

The water treatment budget will be $2.85 million, and there will be slightly more than $4 million in the wastewater treatment fund.

Several Council members spoke favorably about the plan put together by Dolce.

Councilwoman-at-Large Stephanie Kayak said the entire council spent many hours reviewing the budget.

In other matters Tuesday:

• The Council approved a resolution to move forward with further construction of the bike and pedestrian path near the Lake Erie shoreline.

The next phase in the project will complete paths from Point Gratiot toward Route 5. Bids are expected to be advertised shortly, and following an award the contractor may start preliminary work during the winter, if weather permits.

This phase is targeted for completion next summer.

• Public Works Director Tony Gugino strongly encouraged residents to take their leaves to the city recycling center on Lucas Avenue.

Gugino said his crews are already midway through the city for this year’s leaf pickup.

He said he has received several calls to return to neighborhoods and pick up more leaves, but there have been public safety issues involving street signs that needed top priority.