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Cheektowaga passes $91.2 million budget that hikes taxes 2 percent

The Cheektowaga Town Board has approved a $91.2 million spending plan for 2018 that included an additional $172,000 appropriation to purchase a new slusher truck for the sewer department and to fund youth activities.

It carries a 2.09 percent increase in property taxes that will bring the tax bill on a $100,000 home to $1,636.36. The tax rate would be $16.36 per $1,000.

Supervisor Diane Benczkowski's proposed budget had called for a 1.86 percent hike in taxes.

Voting Tuesday night for the budget were Deputy supervisor Timothy Meyers and council members James Rogowski, Linda Hammer and Christine Adamczyk.

The $91,350,333 budget is $2.4 million higher than this year's in part due to a $1.3 million (or 11.2 percent) increase in health insurance costs.

Council member Gerald Kaminsky voted against the budget because it dipped into reserve funds.

"We used between $6 million and $7 million to balance the budget this year," said Kaminsky.

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