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  • Mohawk board approves budget

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  • MOHAWK — The Mohawk village board approved a $2.6 million budget Monday after a public hearing at which no residents appeared.
    The $2,607,156 general fund budget carries a 2 percent tax increase, setting the tax rate at $17.39 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The $993,237 tax levy is up from $956,153 for the current year.
    The budget is up from the $1,571,427 budget for the current year, mostly because of the $999,000 revenue anticipation note the village took out to help pay for flood repairs, according to Village Clerk Judy Bray.
    “Given the year we’ve had, the fact that we were able to keep the tax increase at 2 percent is a good picture for us and for the village as a whole,” said Mayor James Baron.
    He said for the second year, the village plans to utilize an outside landscaping firm to take care of the village’s cemeteries, but the budget also includes one paid part-time village employee to help at the cemetery. A cemetery clerk is also included in the budget.
    The budget includes funding to repair damaged pillars at the cemetery entrances along Columbia Street, according to Baron.
    The budget shows a reduction in the amount budgeted for summer concerts from $3,300 to $1,000 as the board decided to offer three concerts rather than six.
    In addition to the general fund, the board approved a cemetery budget totaling $78,902, a library budget of $45,746, an electric budget of $1,201,200, a water fund budget of $225,725 and a sewer fund budget of $115,300 for a total of $4,274,029 when combined with the general fund budget.
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