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Hamburg board mulling tax hike of about 2 percent

Hamburg Town Board Member Tom Best Jr. plans to offer revisions to the town's proposed 2018 budget before it is adopted Monday night.

Spending in Supervisor Steven Walters' proposed $47 million budget is up 2.7 percent, and the total amount to be raised by taxes, $27.47 million, is up 2.2 percent. Under the proposed budget, the owner of a house assessed at $100,000 would pay about $15 more a year on her tax bill.

Best wants the town to repave more roads each year and implement a rotation system for replacing town vehicles, while adding less than 1 percent to the tax rate, he said.

"Let's have it in writing what we need and what the plan is," he said.

If the town repaves seven miles of road a year, it would take more than 20 years to repave a road, he said. But if 10 miles of road are done a year, they could be repaved every 10 years.

He would do the same for town vehicles, so the town does not end up replacing too many vehicles in the same year.

Walters said the only change in this year's proposed budget was to switch the charges for utility bills and drinking water to a central purchasing area of the budget.

"It's pretty much a no-frills budget, nothing significant added to the budget, nothing significant removed from the budget," Walters said.

The combined general and highway funds tax rate would be $10.72 per $1,000 of assessed value for those living outside the villages, up 1.43 percent. The proposed rate for residents in the villages of Hamburg and Blasdell is $5.08 per $1,000, up 3.19 percent.

The proposed tax levy is under the tax cap by about $85,000.

"My hope is that we can all agree what changes should be made and keep the budget under the tax cap," Walters said.

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