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Blasdell officials adopt slight tax increase

BLASDELL — The Blasdell Village Board unanimously adopted a budget for the next fiscal year that board members said will not dig too deep into the pockets of local taxpayers.

During its March 20 meeting, the board voted to adopt a tentative 2014 – 2015 budget that has general fund appropriations of $2,184,600, to go along with a tax rate of $19.19 per $1,000 of assessed property values, representing a tax increase of 1 percent from 2013 – 2014. The budgeted figures take effect June 1.

The 2013 – 2014 tax rate per $1,000 had been $19, with last year’s levy increase being 0.99 percent. Blasdell Mayor Michael Petrie said that village officials are pleased to present to residents a fiscal plan that contains consistently minimal tax hikes.

“We try to make the best use of tax dollars that we can,” Petrie said, adding that the budget “is very fair. We try not to be frivolous.”

Additional meeting items included announcements regarding a pair of new village businesses. Blasdell Deputy Mayor Lou McDonald said that the Black Iron Bistro will open in the near future, at 3645 S. Park Ave., presenting a dining atmosphere that includes appetizers, wine and beer, among other items. The site had previously served as a printing shop.

Trustee Kathy Seufert-King said that the Blasdell Hairscope Beauty Shoppe Inc., located at 3755 S. Park Ave., will reopen under new ownership, following approximately 30 years of previous ownership.

In other board news:
– The village-wide garage sale will be held on Saturday, May 10.

– The village clerk-treasurer was authorized to advertise for summer maintenance and summer recreation personnel.

– The 2013 Certified Volunteer Firefighter Service Award Program points listing was approved, as presented.

The Blasdell Village Board will hold its annual reorganization meeting, followed by a regular board meeting, at 7 p.m. on April 9.
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