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Newfane budget hearing set for tonight

NEWFANE – The Town Board will hold a public hearing on its proposed 2015 town budget at 6:30 p.m. tonight in Town Hall, 2737 Main St.

The proposed $7.3 million budget holds the line on taxes and fees in all of its special districts except for the water district, with a budget of $152,375 that would see a $5 increase to $30 per unit.

Newfane Supervisor Timothy R. Horanburg said the increase is necessary to help begin paying for a $600,000 bond recently approved by the Town Board for three water projects. The bond was necessary, he said, for the $300,000 cost of a water line proposed for the new bridge under construction on Wilson-Burt Road. The bond will also cover the cost of new water lines for two blocks of Ontario Street, as well as a new water line for East Lake Road in Olcott. The majority of the Ontario and East Lake Road projects will be done with in-kind services, and the bond is largely to pay for materials, he said.

In other special districts, proposed fees remain steady, with a rate of $1.69 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for fire protection, with a budget of $702,082; 18 cents per $1,000 for the lighting district, with a budget of $75,832; $189 per unit for the refuse district, with a budget of $756,756; and a fee of $200.85 per unit for the sewer district, with a budget of $605,320. The proposed general fund of $2,051,575 represents a $104,600 increase over the current year.

“Our health insurance rates are up and retirement pension benefits are up,” Horanburg said. “This also represents a 2 percent wage increase.”

He said the $1,159,901 general fund for highway also represents an $86,567 increase for 2015, because of “a 26 percent increase in the cost of salt.”

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