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Village board passes 2013-14 budget for Angola

The 2013-14 budget was passed unanimously by the Angola Village Board Monday night (April 8) after holding an unattended public hearing on the matter.

Village residents will see a slight increase in the tax rate, from $5.15 to $5.19 per $1,000 of assessed evaluation. The increase, however, will be offset by a reduction of the garbage fee from the previous rate of $180 to $165 per unit.

The total general fund appropriations in the budget equal around $1.1 million, while the water fund appropriations are set at just over $740, 000.

The 2013-14 budget goes into effect on June 1.

In other board news:

• On Saturday, April 27, the Angola Volunteer Fire Department will be holding a recruitment drive as part of a statewide effort by the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York. The event will be held at Station One on Commercial Street, and will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“We’re going to have all of the apparatus out, we’ll have some vendors in and we’re also going to do handouts to the public to try to bring more membership into the fire department,” said Fire Chief Charles Carlson.

• The New York State burning ban is in effect through May 14, Carlson said. The ban is enforced by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and can lead to a first time fine of $500.

“It’s any outside burn,” he said.

• The fire department is looking at bringing a carnival back to the Village of Angola, said Fire Commissioner Scott Russell. The carnival would include bands, barbecue and an antique car show. The event would tentatively be scheduled near the beginning of fall.

“It’ll be closer to the fall,” he said. “With summertime around here and the beach, we don’t want to be competing against all of that.”

Russell is also looking into bringing “old fashioned” wrestling to the village.

“It might be something we’ll be doing in the near future,” Russell said.

• Julian Vasquez was approved as a member of the Angola Fire Department.

• The next meeting will be held on Monday, May 13 at 7 p.m.

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