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The Aurora Town Board unanimously, and without much comment, passed an $8.94 million budget Tuesday that will slightly lower taxes for some and slightly raise them for others.

The spending plan is about $56,000 less than this year’s and stayed beneath the 3 percent state tax cap for the town and even the 1.66 percent inflation rate, said Supervisor Jolene Jeffe after Tuesday’s meeting.

The tax increase for residents in the Village of East Aurora works out to 2 cents for each $1,000 of assessment. Homes with $100,000 assessed value, or a market value of $244,000, will see taxes rise to $289 from $287.

Residents outside the village will see a decrease of 3 cents per thousand. Tax on homes with $100,000 in assessed value will drop from $710 to $707.

Jeffe attributed the savings to making a final $60,000 payment on a water district bond and reduced staff costs, such as the town clerk taking over tax receiver duties and a building department position that changed from full time to part time.

While overall spending will drop – this current year’s budget is $8.997 million – money raised from taxes will rise by about 1.5 percent. The tax levy will go up from $5.11 million in the 2013 budget to $5.193 million in the new 2014 spending plan.

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