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Hamburg budget gives boost to roads

Supervisor Steve Walters

Hamburg will be able to pave 10 lane miles of roads next year under the $47.53 million budget approved by the Town Board.

The tax levy is up 3.1 percent, and the general and highway fund tax rates are slightly higher than under Supervisor Steven Walters' tentative budget because the board added about $200,000 in spending on roads and highway equipment. Walters voted no on the budget.

"You've got to have a plan," Councilman Tom Best Jr. said about his proposal to increase the amount of paving done annually.

Adding the extra funding will allow the town to pave every road every 15 years, instead of the current 22-year rotation.

The tax rate for residents outside the villages is $10.57 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, up 2.69 percent, and $4.92 per $1,000 for those in the villages of Hamburg and Blasdell, up 3.42 percent.

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