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If you thought the two-percent property tax cap meant that your taxes couldn’t go up more than two-percent, think again.

The devil is in the details.
Batavia City Manager Jason Molino last night attempted to explain the complex state legislation that gives the impression that  any increase in local property taxes would be capped at two-percent.
That’s not exactly true.
Molino said the tax cap law allows for a series of exclusions. 
So many of them, that in Batavia’s case, the tax levy could rise over 4-percent and still comply with the tax cap law.
"The Tax Cap legislation allows for a two-percent increase in the tax levy. There are a series of exclusions and adjustments that are part of the legislation. While there is a tax cap there are exclusions to account for unforseen circumstances," Molino said.
Molino explains that your actual tax bill is based upon the tax levy, which is the amount of money the city needs to raise through taxes to meet it’s expenses, and the assessed value of your property.

The confusing tax cap explanation followed a presentation by City Manager Molino of the city’s current financial condition. 
Moody’s rating service, the company that issues opinions on the financial health of cities, gave Batavia a “Positive Outlook” for the next 24 to 36 months.

Council also last night approved $35,000 to replace the roof over the police station. Council shuffled off to later budget meetings a request for a $25,000 donation for a new Veteran’s Memorial.


A bunch of burglaries in Oakfield:
In just the past month, the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has investigated eight break-ins and two more in Alabama.
Chief Deputy Jerome Brewster with the Genesee County Sheriff's Office says over the past few weeks the loot taken from the burglaries included everything from a single pipe-wrech, to scrap metal, to a personal safe and even a truck.

Batavia Police are probing a burglary at Sunny’s Restaurant.
A window was broken out and some cash was taken although the safe and cash registers were not touched.

A suspected LeRoy john is charged with paying with Mary Jane.
28-year-old Thomas Hutton of Lake Street, LeRoy is charged with Patronizing a Prostitute and paying for the “service” with marihuana.
Hutton has been jailed in lieu of $1,000 dollars bail.

New statistics show public workers in the Empire State are filing their retirement papers at a record-setting pace.  Retirement for public school teachers and government workers has jumped over 50 percent between this year and 2009.  
Analysts say the combination of potential layoffs and pay freezes, along with retirement incentives to a workforce that is aging, explains the high rate of retirement.

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