No one, except the Tribune editor, was in the audience at the Town of Niagara Town Board's public hearing on the budget on Monday.
Supervisor Steve Richards' tentative $7.3 million budget still is being reviewed by the Town Board. More board budget review sessions are scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 1 and 3. A final budget is expected to be adopted at the 7 p.m. regular meeting on Nov. 16.
Richards' budget, if not changed by the board, would likely call for a homestead tax rate of $5.03 per $1,000 assessed value. This would mean an increase of about $7.20 for the year on a house assessed at $60,000, Richards said. The small increase could be eliminated by budget approval time, especially if some possible retirements go through, Richards said.
The non-homestead (business) rate would be $8.71 per $1,000 of assessed value.