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Lewis town budget to be discussed

To the editor: The 2009 Town of Lewis Preliminary budget is out and will be discussed at a Public Hearing on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall. The Lewis Town Board has worked hard to keep spending down and if no changes are made before the budget is adopted, it will come in under the 2008 budget. Homeowners outside the water district can expect a $4.69 rate per thousand assessed valuation and inside the water district the rate will be $5.81 per thousand assessed valuation. This would mean that on a home assessed at $100,000 outside the water district, the owner could expect to pay $469 in town taxes including general, highway and fire. Inside the water district the tax bill will also include water operations and maintenance and water bond & interest. A homeowner assessed at $100,000 inside the water district could expect to pay $581 in town taxes. This has been a difficult year for all of us with gas and food prices rising and the problems on the Federal and State level. At the Town level, salt and sand have increased to levels never seen before. Cuts in other areas needed to be made to help offset this increase. I am very pleased that the Lewis Fire District worked very hard on their budget and it reflects a slight decrease from last year. All in all, I am extremely pleased with the preliminary budget proposed by the Town Board. I would like to thank all of the employees of the Town of Lewis for their professionalism and dedication during this budget process. David Blades, Supervisor, town of Lewis

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