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Garbage fee reduction offsets slight tax increase in Village of Angola

Despite a slight increase in taxes in the proposed 2013-14 budget, Village of Angola residents stand to save money due to a reduction in the garbage fee.

Taxes in the village are tentatively set to go up by 4 cents, from $5.15 to $5.19 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, while the garbage fee per unit is set to drop from $180 to $165.

“The reality is with the new rate going up 4 cents and the reduction in the garbage rate, it’s actually a decrease to the average tax payer,” said Trustee Charles Katra.

Other items on the proposed budget include $5,000 per year salary for the mayor and $2,700 per year for the trustees, the same as last year. The general fund appropriations are set at $1.1 million, while the water fund appropriations are set at just over $740, 000.

A public hearing on the tentative budget will be held on April 8 at 7:15 p.m. Residents interested in looking at the proposed budget beforehand may do so between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Village Clerk’s office, located at 41 Commercial St.

In other board news:

• The board moved to pass a resolution opposing the section of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed executive budget for 2013-14 dealing with traffic infractions and how municipalities deal with speeding tickets.

According to the resolution, the tentative budget limits the ability of towns and villages to plead speeding tickets down to parking tickets, leading to heavier fines, higher court costs and a loss of revenue.

The governor’s proposed budget also looks to expand the $80 surcharge placed on traffic tickets, extending the added fine to parking tickets.

“I don’t know how much more the citizens can take with the fines,” Town of Evans Police Chief Ernest Masullo said. “It’s just a money grab with the state.”

The resolution will be sent to Gov. Cuomo, as well as several other lawmakers in the state.

• Village elections will be held on Tuesday, March 19 from noon to 9 p.m. at the Village Hall, located at 41 Commercial St. Mayor Howard “Hub” Frawley and trustees John Wilson and Katra are up for reelection. All three are running unopposed.

•There will also be a spaghetti dinner on election night at the First Congregational Church of Christ, located at 132 N. Main St. Friends of the Village is cosponsoring the dinner with the church.

• A resolution to allow the Erie County Water Authority to run water through village water lines was approved.

The village traditionally provided water to town residents on Pontiac Road, and will continue to do so after an agreement between the Town of Evans and the Erie County Water Authority giving the water authority control of town water lines.

The village will no longer collect a premium on the water it provides, but will relinquish control of several dilapidated hydrants to the Town of Evans, who will repair or replace the hydrants.

• The meeting was adjourned in the memory of Michael Krajacic.

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