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Ontario County budget has tax hike

The Ontario County Board of Supervisors last night adopted the 2005 county budget, which carries a 1.7 percent property tax increase.
Spending grew roughly 8.5 percent in the $147 million budget. The tax levy is up nearly 9 percent, from $35.2 million to $38.4 million.
The biggest expenses in the budget include employee salaries and benefits, which rose 5 percent from $54 million to $57 million. The cost of county programs at the Department of Social Services rose 19 percent, from $18 million to $21.6 million.
The tax rate will increase from $6.59 per $1,000 of assessed valuation to $6.70. A property owner with a home assessed at $100,000, for example, will pay $11 more in county property taxes next year.
Revenues grew 5 percent, from $93 million to $98 million.

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