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The Batavia City Council Monday night approved next year’s city budget by a vote of 7 to 2.
Voting against the spending plan were councilpersons Rose Mary Christian and Sam Barone.
The budget increases the property tax rate by 1.5-percent over last year for property owners whose assessment remained unchanged.
Christian outlined a number of areas in the budget she objected to:
among them were pay increases for non-union and parttime city workers, the "astronomical" budget for legal fees suggesting the city should hire its own attorney and she said, the contingency budget was too low.
Barone’s no vote on the budget came without comment.

On the water rate increase was approved by a vote of 8 to 1.  
Barone, again without comment, voted no.
Curiously, Barone voted ‘no’ to establish a Capital Improvement Fee for the water system, but voted ‘yes’ to authorize bonds to pay for the improvements.

The council voted 5 to 4 to increase the pay of non-union and part-time city workers. Joining Rose Mary Christian and Sam Barone in opposition were William Cox and Bob Bialkowski.

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