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Proposed Boston budget to decrease tax rate for fourth consecutive year

BOSTON — Calling this year’s proposed budget a home run for local residents, Boston Town Supervisor Martin Ballowe proposed the tentative plan, during the town board’s Oct. 2 meeting.

The proposed 2014 budget currently includes a decrease in the tax rate – along with no new taxes – for the fourth straight year in the town of Boston.

“Tonight, I present this 2014 tentative budget which, for the fourth year in a row, decreases the tax rates for both the general and highway funds,” Ballowe said. “This was possible, due to the fact that we have established reserves to utilize for capital projects and highway equipment purchases.”

Ballowe said that the improvements could be seen in the amounts listed for parks and grounds, such as the new restrooms at the North Boston Park.

“Common sense government decisions are made, every day, with your tax dollars,” Ballowe said. “Special district taxes have remained constant, as we continue to see the benefits of our past year’s refinancing of many water districts.”

The supervisor noted that he honored the campaign promise that he made, four years ago, to lower his salary by 20 percent during each year in his term.

“Now, however, it is unfair to lower any potential new supervisor’s salary,” he said.

“The town board and I will continue to review this budget, which is a work in progress, as I look forward to providing the residents in the town a responsible budget for 2014.”

Ballowe added, “The budget can only get better from here, as we work on it. It takes hard work to do this.”

“I’d like to congratulate Supervisor Ballowe for an excellent job on this year’s budget,” Councilman Jeff Genzel said. “Again, folks, four years in a row, no new taxes. It just doesn’t get any better than that in Boston. It’s a lot of hard work on the supervisor’s job.”

A public hearing will be scheduled for later in the year; residents will be able to address the issue of the budget, which is available at www.townofboston.com/financial.php.

In other board matters:

– County Legislator John Mills was present at the meeting and addressed the issue of infrastructure in the town of Boston and Erie County. “I think the primary issue [in this year’s county budget] is going to be roads, bridges, culverts – infrastructure,” he said. “Government is basically established of the people to take care of the basic services. Cultural funding ... is wonderful, but that’s window dressing; that’s things you can afford, if you’ve covered everything else. The county executive is talking about 2 percent increase in culturals and I’m talking about decrease, possibly, in that funding and shift that money to infrastructure.”

He said that, during his 22 years as a town councilman in Orchard Park, he learned about what local government does, “so when I tell you we’re going to try to get more money for funding, we’re going to get more money for the funding. We’re going to start taking care of our roads and bridges, not only here, but throughout Erie County. We’re going to go after that aggressively. That you have my promise on.”

– The board approved resolutions 2013 – 2014, the Justice Court Assistance Program, which authorized Connie D. Minor and Co. Grant Consultants, along with the town’s grant consultants, “to complete the necessary application, forms, etc., to be submitted to the New York State Unified Court System for the purpose of securing this grant.”

As noted in the resolution, “The grant may be used for a variety of purposes, including but not limited to the acquisition of computer equipment, office equipment, furniture and security measures for the justice court and court office.”

– The appointment for a town assessor for the term Oct. 1, 2013 – Sept. 30, 2019 was tabled. Six resumes for the position have been received.

The next town board meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 16 at the Boston Town Hall, located at 8500 Boston State Road in Boston.
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