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Proposed budget shows 2.5 percent tax rate increase in the Village of Hamburg

xpect to see a slight increase in their village tax bill this spring.

According to Village Administrator/Budget Director Donald Witkowski, a home assessed at $100,000 will see about a $48 increase in their tax bill.

“The tax rate increase is 2.52 percent,” said Witkowski at the Monday (March 4) Village Board meeting. “We are still under the limit set by the state imposed property tax cap law.”

The amount needed to be raised by taxes is $6,336,675, a $206,356 increase from last year.

The major increased costs in the budget stem from increases in the New York State Retirement System ($127,143), workers compensation insurance costs ($15,000 increase) and a $172,532 increase in health insurance costs, Witkowski said.

This year’s capital projects include approximately $1.2 million in road work for the third phase to repair and resurface streets. This will be paid by a combination of bond funds ($1,036,162), CHIPS funds and asphalt funds.

Another projects include:

• Waterline replacement on Lombardy Lane for $151,300

• Replacing trucks and equipment for the Department of Public Works and Recreation Department at $159,500

• Replacing a patrol car for the Village of Hamburg Police Department at $32,542

• Replace a portion of the heating and air conditioning system in the Village Hall for $17,000

• Repair the roof at the Youth Center and the overhead door at Glen Meadows at a cost of $28,000

• Complete repairs at the DPW, including roofs, waterline and paving, at a cost of $47,781.

Copies of the tentative budget for 2013-14 will be available at the village clerk-treasurer’s office and the Hamburg Public Library on Buffalo Street, beginning on Thursday, March 7. It will also be available at the village website

A public hearing on the tentative budget was set for 7:15 p.m. on Monday, March 18.

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