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Clay budget calls for $14 tax increase

— “As a result, residents outside the village will see a reduction of $11.22 to their annual tax bill,” Ulatowski said, “ and village residents will see a drop of $20.57.”

Ulatowski said about $20,000 needed to be cut in order to bring the tax increase under 2 percent.

“We strive to provide best possible services we possibly can,” Ulatowski said. “I can accurately tell you that, although we passed resolution to allow going over tax cap of 2 percent, I’m confident we will be under the tax cap again this year in delivering budget to residents of the town of Clay.”

The budget will be posted on the town’s website, townofclay.org, and made available at the town clerk’s office.

In other business:

The board denied the application of Lakewood Development LLC and Richard and Arlene DeSocio for a zone change from RA-100 Residential Agricultural to R-SR Senior Residence District on property located at 8198 Soule Road.

The parcel, which backs up to Strawberry Farms, would have been developed into an apartment building with 35 units and townhouses. Because the parcel is less than the five acres called for in the R-SR zone, the applicant would have needed a variance to go ahead with the zone change.

“For me, personally, I just thought that the parcel was too small,” Ulatowski said.

In addition, the proposal drew the ire of neighbors, who thanked the board for voting against the zone change.

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