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Where We Live: Hamburg


Hamburg’s tentative 2016 budget will be the subject of public hearings at 7 p.m. Monday in Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave.

In addition to a hearing on the budget, the Town Board will conduct a hearing on overriding the tax cap, and a hearing on the requests from volunteer fire companies and fire protection districts.

The $44.87 million tentative 2016 budget has a tax levy of $26.83 million, up 8.3 percent, over the town’s tax cap of about 1 percent.

Supervisor Steven Walters said the board is working to reduce the tax levy.

“This is plan for the worst, but hope for the best,” he said.

He said a 30 percent increase in health insurance costs account for most of the tax increase.

This week:

• A hearing on the proposed Community Development Block Grant/HOME Investment Partnership programs will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the lobby of Town Hall.

• The Hamburg Village Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Village Hall, 100 Main St.

• The last day for the Blasdell Farmers Market is Wednesday. The market will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Shops at Lake Avenue.

• The Hamburg Farmers Market is open from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the village municipal parking lot, with entrances on Main and Union streets. Saturday is the last day for the market.

• The “Haunted Hamburg” walk will start at 7 p.m. at Main Street Ice Cream, 35 Main St., Saturday. More information is at A discount on admission will be offered to anyone dressed in costume.

• Official trick or treat hours in Hamburg are 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

• Hamburg Natural History Society/Penn Dixie will hold its 20th annual fund raiser from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 5 at the La Galleria Restaurant, 3923 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park.