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Final action is due tonight on Batavia’s new city budget.
It is a financial plan that increases property taxes about 1.4-percent. It also increases water rates and fees.
The budget is expected to pass with two or possibly three no votes from the nine-member city council.
The City Council is also expected to adopt a two-year strategic plan for Batavia.
Council meets at 7pm at City Hall to vote on these measures. The public is welcome to attend.

A round of wet weather Monday triggered a flood watch for much of the region, including Genesee County. The official Flood Watch was cancelled at mid-day.  Officials say snowmelt should continue later this week as temperatures hover above freezing.

Here’s an update on the Annual Valentine’s for our Troops campaign.
The annual effort, led by the Auxiliary of the American Legion Post in LeRoy and WBTA,  shipped out 79 “we care” packages this year. That’s a record number.
The Auxiliary says they have more items waiting to be shipped and if you would still like to contribute, items can be left at the American Legion on West Main Street in LeRoy or here at WBTA.
Especially helpful would be a cash donation to help offset the cost of the postage that now approaches $2,000. Checks can be made payable to the American Legion, LeRoy.

Here’s another one of those magazine-ranking stories. The latest comes from Forbes and Forbes.com.
The mag ranked Buffalo fourth on a list of the most miserable sports cities around the nation. 
The Bills four Super Bowl losses and the Sabres inability to win a Stanley Cup since 1970 are cited as reasons. 
Seattle ranked number one on the most miserable list.

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