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Taxes up less than 2 percent in proposed Cheektowaga town budget

Town of Cheektowaga tax bills would rise less than 2 percent in 2018 under a tentative budget submitted Monday by Supervisor Diane M. Benczkowski to the town clerk.

A home assessed at $100,000 would see a $29.83 hike, to $2,632.70, a 1.86 percent increase. Taxes last year went down 1.64 percent. The proposed $91,178,333 plan raises the overall tax levy by 2.91 percent.

Benczkowski noted that $750,000 was saved through reduced overtime and non-personnel expenses, thanks to recommendations from an advisory committee headed by Budget Director Stanley Kaznowski.

According to the town supervisor, however, this was offset by higher labor and health insurance costs, a state order to reduce sewer overflows, the need to remove dying ash trees and the town’s high number of zombie properties.

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