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Tax levy rises, but tax rate stays flat in 2020 Clarence budget

Clarence's preliminary 2020 town budget holds the general fund tax rate flat even as the tax levy goes up.

Spending in the overall budget plan, including special districts, rises by 2.4% to $24.2 million. Spending in the general fund portion would rise by 2.7%, to $13.3 million.

The budget plan includes raises for many senior town employees but not for the supervisor or Town Board members.

The general fund tax levy, the amount collected in property taxes, would rise by 1.5%, within the state tax cap.

Because the total value of assessed property in Clarence also would rise by 1.5%, the town expects the general fund tax rate to stay the same.

Highway department spending would rise by 3.2%, to $5.8 million, while the highway tax levy would rise by 3.8%. The highway tax rate would rise by 2.2%, meaning the owner of an average $300,000 home would pay an extra $6.52 next year.

The Town Board is set to hold a public hearing and vote on the budget plan on Wednesday.

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