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BATAVIA – Unexpected litigation is putting a dent in the city’s carefully crafted budget that was intended to maintain all services with a minimum tax increase.

Budget transfers – including nearly $72,000 in professional fees – were approved Monday by the City Council.

The need for more in legal fees was not listed, but the city has filed a lawsuit against the Mall Merchants Association over maintenance responsibilities and is involved in zoning and assessments disputes over two downtown building projects.

There are also insurance claims and routine legal business that added up to an unusual $250,000 in legal services.

Another government agency, the Batavia School District, is also involved in unanticipated litigation that could run legal bills into six figures.

The district lost a suit filed by the parents of three girl softball players over inadequate facilities when compared with the boys’ playing field.