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Hanover town budget, a ‘work in progress,’ filed with clerk

SILVER CREEK – The tentative budget for the town of Hanover was filed in the town clerk’s office.

At the regular meeting of the Town Board held Monday in Town Hall, budget officer Elmar Kiefer said the document was filed by the Sept. 30 deadline for tentative budgets.

He said the budget is a work in progress but it looks as though the town will come in below the 1.66 percent set by the state property tax cap for 2014.

Kiefer said he does not anticipate any significant increases in special funds including water, sewer or special districts. He said the town has received a smaller-than-expected bill to contribute to the employee retirement system.

“A good market helped the system this year and some higher interest rates helped to fund the retirement system,” he said.

The town will anticipate a slight increase in the cost for workers’ compensation costs, Kiefer added.

Town Supervisor Todd Johnson said he anticipates that the town will pass its 2014 budget early this year. He said the budget could be ready for board approval in about a month.

Board members agreed to a public hearing at 7:35 p.m. Oct. 15 to allow for an override of the tax cap, if it is needed. The next regular meeting was moved to Oct. 15 due to the Columbus Day holiday.

Also at the meeting:

• Stanley Thompson of Forestville was re-appointed to Board of Assessment Review for a five-year term.

• Several issues of overgrown brush, potholes and general maintenance on county roads in the township were passed to Chautauqua County Legislator George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay.

Borrello invited all board members and any interested residents to tour the Cattaraugus Creek Harbor Area with a team from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Congressman Tom Reed’s office at 2:15 p.m. Oct. 7.

• Board members will be considering rate increases to building permits and other permits issued by the code enforcement office.

Johnson said he is reviewing the proposals, as well as some terminology in the town code, and will have a resolution prepared for the Town Board in the future.