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West Seneca

The tentative town budget for 2014, under which the property tax rate would increase by 11 cents, will get its first public airing this week, during a hearing Thursday in the Senior Citizen Center, 4620 Center.

That hearing begins at 6 p.m., as does a second scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 12.

The tentative $34.89 million spending plan, in which overall spending is up approximately $700,000, reflects increased debt attributable to improvements in the sanitary sewer system and town buildings.

It also includes negotiated raises of three percent for the town’s blue- and white-collar employees, as well as town police. The salaries of the town supervisor and council members are unchanged, while the highway superintendent, town clerk and town justices also are receiving raises of three percent.

Also this week:

• A yearlong observance of the 150th anniversary of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St., begins at 10 a.m. today with singing old favorite hymns, followed by a 10:30 worship service led by Pastor John Klatt.

• The West Seneca School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday in room 200 at West Elementary School, 1397 Orchard Park Road.

• A meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers at Town Hall, 1250 Union Road. The agenda includes requests for variances for raising chickens by residents of Westcliff Drive and Orchard Park Road.