One day after being re-elected to the Boston Town Board, the Republican team of Supervisor Martin Ballowe and Councilmen Jeffrey Genzel and Jay Boardway kept their promise of no increase in taxes.
The 2014 $4.9 million budget, which was passed Wednesday, will see a slight decrease in the tax rate for the fourth year in a row.
“I’d like to thank my family and the Town of Boston constituents,” Genzel said. “The town realized we’re doing a great job.”
As a result, Genzel said, the board can continue its goal of a “sense of business with a common-sense approach.”
According to the unofficial results from the Erie County Board of Elections, Ballowe collected 65 percent of the votes in defeating Democratic challenger Gary Vara, who is currently a councilman.
Genzel was the highest vote-getter among the four council candidates, collecting 33 percent. Boardway garnered 28 percent to defeat Democrats Heidi Higgins, who had 23 percent, and JoAnne Bonsack, 16 percent. Ballowe, Genzel and Boardway will begin their second four-year terms in January.
“Last night was tremendous. Our message got out there,” Boardway said.
“I definitely want to thank the support of my family too,” Ballowe said.
The supervisor said he worked hard for four years to keep his promise of “holding the line” on taxes and that it will be his continued goal to do so during the trio’s second term.
“I put my heart and dedication into it,” Ballowe said, adding that with the improvements at local parks, he believes it is important to keep the money in the pockets of town residents and allow them to have a few extra dollars to spend for items such as at concession stands.
Town Clerk Jennifer Mule said she is looking forward to continuing to work with the current board and offered congratulations for their victories. “I do want to congratulate you all for your accomplishments,” Mule said.
The Town Board will hold its next meeting at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 in Town Hall, 8500 Boston State Road.