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East Otto Town Board makes plans for new fiscal year

EAST OTTO — Facing the start of 2013, the East Otto Town Board is preparing for the upcoming fiscal year and, during its Nov. 13 meeting, addressed several financial items on the agenda.

A public hearing was opened on Local Law No. 1 – 2012, which would allow the board to override the state-imposed 2 percent tax cap.

Town Supervisor James Beach explained this year’s budget figures, in relation to the tax formula.

No public comment was made. Following Beach’s presentation, the hearing was closed and the local law was adopted, as presented.

The closeout meeting for the year was scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 27 at 8 p.m.

A second public hearing was opened, for the 2013 preliminary budget. The board announced that next year’s budget will include a .17 per 1,000 increase over last year’s budget.

Changes were also made to the fire protection and fire district. There was no public comment and the preliminary budget, as presented during the meeting, was adopted.

In other board news:

– A standard workday resolution for Assessor Jeff Forster, presented by Board Member Dave Forster, was unanimously approved by the board members.

– Beach was authorized to sign a shared highway services contract with Cattaraugus County, after he explained new programs that are available for health insurance.

– Code Enforcement Officer Jeff Holler answered 28 phone calls, completed 14 inspections and issued two addition permits, one pole barn permit, two mobile home permits, one barn permit, one campground permit, one special use permit and one violation.

He paid Town Clerk Ann Rugg $400 for permits.

The next East Otto Town Board meeting will be held Dec. 11 at 8 p.m.
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