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Hamburg village taxes go up

Taxes are going up slightly in the Village of Hamburg.

Village Board members unanimously approved the $9.54 million general fund budget, which includes an increase of about $30 on the average tax bill.

The tax rate is $20.23 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, up 1.91 percent. The tax levy, or amount to be raised by taxes, is $6.4 million, up 2 percent as it stays within the tax cap.

Staying within the tax cap is one step toward complying with the state’s property tax freeze law. The village also plans to participate in the county’s Government Efficiency Plans to implement shared services as part of complying with the tax freeze credit program that reimburses homeowners for the amount of the increase in taxes.

Village Board members decreased the reliance on fund balance in this budget and kept the increase in expenses to less than one-half of 1 percent.

The budget includes contractual raises for union employees, and 2 percent increases for non-unionized staff and elected officials.