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The proposed Genesee County Budget calls for the first tax rate increase in five years.
The financial plan was authored by County Manager Jay Gsell.
If left unchanged by the County Legislature, the tax rate would rise by 13-cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
For the average Genesee County homeowner, whose home is assessed at $80,000, the budget would increase your overall county property tax bill by $10.40 for the year.

The budget plan calls for the elimination of 21 county jobs, some through layoffs. It also calls for a taxpayer subsidy of $1.3-million for the county nursing home and a new Vehicle Use Tax that will cost motor vehicle owners another $5 to $10 dollars at registration time.
The full county legislature meets tonight at 6 in a special budget session.

A former employee of the soon to close Lowe’s Home Improvement Store in Batavia, has been arrested for allegedly stealing from the store.
39-year-old Jason Norton of Oakfield worked at Lowe’s last May when deputies say he stole money and gave store discounts below retail. Authorities say the loss amounted to $1,800.
Norton is facing a felony count of Grand Larceny.

Police in Albion are probing an armed robbery of a convenience store.
Two thugs walked into the Sugar Creek Store on West Avenue in Albion early yesterday morning.
They reached over the counter and scooped up the cash register drawer and struck the clerk in the face.
The bandits were described as black men, wearing puffy black jackets with hoods.
One of the thieves was wearing orange and black gloves.
Anyone with information is asked to call Albion Police at (585) 589-5627.

Officials with the airline involved in the deadly 2009 crash in Clarence Center apparently doubted the competence of the pilot who flew the doomed flight.  
That's according to findings revealed last week in a federal lawsuit the victims' families have filed against Colgan Air and Continental.  The revelations indicate that Colgan Air never gave federal safety investigators internal emails that expressed lack of confidence in the pilot who eventually crashed Continental Connection Flight 3407 in February of 2009, killing 50 people.  
Meantime Congresswoman Kathleen Hochul is calling for the federal crash investigation to be reopened.


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