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Town of Lockport approves 2013 budget

After a public hearing Wednesday the Town of Lockport unanimously passed their 2013 budget, giving residence a slight decrease on their taxes.

The board passed a $14.3 million budget. The amount to be raised by taxes is a .93 percent budget to budget increase from 2012.

“The town board worked very hard to make this as close to a zero change budget as possible,” said Supervisor Marc Smith. “We work very hard each year to keep it at zero or below and I believe we’ve accomplished that again this year.”

The average Lockport homeowner is estimated to pay $695.92 for a home assessed at $100,000. That is a decrease of $6.42 from 2012.

In the Lincoln Village subdivision, a home assessed at $70,000 will see a $4.50 decrease and in Carlisle Gardens, a home averaged at $110,000 will see a $7.64 decrease from 2012.

There is no general tax in the town, but fees for refuse and recycling and taxes on special districts, such as water and sewer.

To offset a slight increase in the refuse program, the town has decided to use money from a fund balance to not raise fees.

The budget also includes several one-time expense projects needed to maintain town facilities, such as park and parking lot improvements.

The salary for board members was also approved with the budget. Smith will receive $50,245. Three council members will receive $9,664 and the deputy supervisor will be paid $19,328.

In other town news:

A public hearing was set for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 for the creation of a special mining district that would allow the Lafarge North America quarry to expand closer to Hinman Road.

Town Attorney Daniel E. Seaman said currently an ordinance bans mining in the area, except for the quarry, which has a special usage permit from before the ordinance began.

The quarry would like to expand to “take advantage” of the rocks closer to Hinman Road. The boundary currently ends 300 feet from the road.

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