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Boston taxes to remain steady

BOSTON — “As I’ve said before, it’s a home run for the residents,” said Boston Town Supervisor Martin Ballowe at the Boston Town Board’s Oct. 2 meeting, as he presented the tentative budget for 2014.

“Tonight, I present this 2014 tentative budget, which, for the fourth year in a row, decreases the tax rates for both the general and highway funds,” Ballowe said. “This was possible due to the fact that we have established reserves to utilize for capital projects and highway equipment purchases. You can see the improvement in our parks and grounds, such as the recently finished restrooms at the North Boston Park. With numerous soccer games there, this was a much-needed improvement, which was neglected, for many years.

“Common-sense government decisions are made every day, with your tax dollars,” Ballowe continued. “Special district taxes have remained constant, as we continue to see the benefits of our past year’s refinancing of many water districts. I have honored my campaign promise that I made four years ago, by lowering my salary 20 percent, for each year in this term. Now, however, it is unfair to lower any potential new supervisor’s salary.”

Ballowe reported that the town board will continue to review the budget, which he added, is “a work in progress.”

Councilman Jeff Genzel congratulated Ballowe on getting the budget drawn up.

“Again, folks, four years in a row, no new taxes. It just doesn’t get any better than that, in Boston. It’s a lot of hard work on the supervisor’s job,” he said.

A public hearing will be scheduled for later in the year, during which residents will be able to publicly comment on the budget. The full document is available online at

In other board matters:

– Erie County Legislator John Mills was present at the meeting and addressed the issue of infrastructure in the town of Boston and Erie County.

“I think the primary issue [in this year’s county budget] is going to be roads, bridges, culverts – infrastructure. Government is basically established of the people to take care of the basic services. Cultural funding is wonderful, but that’s window dressing; that’s things you can afford if you’ve covered everything else,” Mills explained. “The county executive is talking about 2 percent increase in culturals and I’m talking about decrease, possibly, in that funding, and shift that money to infrastructure.”

He added, “I spent 22 years as a town councilman, in Orchard Park. I know what local government does and does best for the residents, so when I tell you we’re going to try to get more money for funding, we’re going to get more money for the funding. We’re going to start taking care of our roads and bridges, not only here, but throughout Erie County. We’re going to go after that aggressively. That, you have my promise on.”

– The board approved resolutions 2013-14, the Justice Court Assistance Program, which authorized Connie D. Minor and Co. Grant Consultants, along with the town’s grant consultants, “to complete the necessary application, forms, etc., to be submitted to the New York State Unified Court System, for the purpose of securing this grant.” As stated in the resolution, “The grant may be used for a variety of purposes, including, but not limited to, the acquisition of computer equipment, office equipment, furniture and security measures for the justice court and court office.”

– The appointment of a town assessor for the term Oct. 1, 2013-Sept. 30, 2019 was tabled. Six resumes for the position have been received, so far, according to Councilman Jay Boardway.

The next town board meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 16 at the Boston Town Hall, located at 8500 Boston State Road.

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