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LOCKPORT – The Town Board is expected to vote on the 2013 town budget after holding a series of public hearings starting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall, 6560 Dysinger Road.

The nearly $14.4 million spending plan will increase the amount to be collected in property taxes by almost 1 percent, but the owner of a home assessed at $100,000, which is about average in most of the town, would see a $6.42 decrease in the total tax bill.

In the Carlisle Gardens subdivision, the average home would see a $7.64 decrease, and in the Lincoln Village subdivision, the average reduction would be $4.50.

Spending in the budget is rising $345,699, or 2.46 percent, above this year’s model.

The budget includes 2 percent pay raises for elected officials and 3 percent increases in the contractual payments to the five fire companies serving parts of the town.

In other matters at Monday’s Town Board work session, Councilwoman Cheryl A. Antkowiak said discussions will start in two weeks about a timeline for installation of a pavilion and a memorial walking trail in Day Road Park.

Antkowiak said a memorial brick walk by Unilock will be installed around or near the pavilion.

Supervisor Marc R. Smith reported that the town Highway Department is hauling fill to Lytle Park on North Canal Road, where the parking lot is to be expanded next spring. Also, earthen berms will be installed along each side of a space near the road, where the beginning of a nearly two-mile walking trail is to be laid next year.

The route will include a 400-foot boardwalk section through some wetlands, while the rest of the path will be paved, Smith said.

The board also agreed to begin work on abandoning a portion of Crown Drive in the town industrial park to Yahoo, which bought another 12 acres of land in the park last month. The turnover of the road to Yahoo, adjoining the electrical substation for its data center, was part of the deal.

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