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BATAVIA – The average homeowner will save about $12 to $15 in city real estate taxes in the year beginning April 1 under a proposed $23.5 million budget presented Monday at a public hearing, but that saving will be almost wiped out by an increase of about $10 in water rates.

In arriving at the proposed budget figures, City Council members eliminated proposals for free Wi-Fi service in downtown Batavia and a charging station for electric cars – saving several thousand dollars.

The tax rate will be determined when the Council adopts the budget, probably at its next regular meeting March 12.

About one-third of the budget – $8 million – will go to the Police and Fire departments. The Pubic Works Department will get an added $1 million for sidewalk and street repairs.

A hearing on water rates was also conducted Monday. For most property owners, there is an 8-9 cents quarterly increase depending on use. Meter fees will be increased, and a capital improvement surcharge will go up 50 cents a quarter. These will cost the average homeowner about $10 a year, according to city officials.