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GASPORT – The Hartland Town Board is proposing a 6 cent tax rate hike when it presents its preliminary $3 million budget for 2013 during a public hearing planned for 7:30 p.m. today.

The hearing is set for Town Hall, 8942 Ridge Road, and will be followed by a regular meeting.

The 6 cent increase in the rate per $1,000 assessed value would raise the tax rate from $2.41 to $2.47, according to Town Supervisor William R. Annable.

Annable said the proposed $3 million budget represents a slight increase in spending, due to “the normal small percentage of increase in everything from salaries and health care to retirement costs. We don’t have any big projects planned, we’re just maintaining our current operations.”

The preliminary 2013 budget includes a steady rate of $1.22 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for fire protection and an increase of $6 per unit in the refuse district to $182.84 per unit. The water rate is dropping from $232 to $230.60 per unit, Annable said.

The amount to be raised by taxes in the 2013 preliminary budget is $1.3 million.

The town is estimating revenues of $1.73 million in 2013.

“This budget is pretty bare bones as far as Town Hall and the Highway Department,” he added.

“We combined the Water and Highway departments last year when Larry Fuller retired as head of the Water Department and our highway superintendent, Keith Hurtgam, took over that department, too,” Annable said. “That’s worked out well, in cost savings and in planning and utilization of manpower.”

The budget must be adopted by Nov. 20.

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