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The property tax increase for the City of Batavia is just under the maximum allowed by law.
City Manager Jason Molino has released his proposed city budget for the fiscal year that begins April first.
The budget calls for a property tax increase of 4.3 percent…that translates into an average tax hike of $37 a year.
On top of the property tax increase, there is also an increase in water rates of 3 percent…that increase will cost the average customer another $13.45 year.
The budget now goes to City Council for review.

Today marks the official observance of Martin Luther King Junior Day.
Government offices, schools, banks will all be closed today.
There will be no mail delivery.

A major fire in the Livingston County Town of Avon.
Seven fire companies were activated for a blaze at the Mulligan Farms on Barber Road yesterday morning.
A building used to house some equipment and store livestock feed was destroyed.
Authorities believe the fire may have been caused by equipment that was plugged into electrical outlets to keep the engines warm during the night.
Total damage has not yet been added up.

Batavia police have arrested a Wood Street man for falsely reporting an incident, twice.
36-year-old Dale Swiatowy Junior reported to police that he was robbed near Evans Street back on December 20th. He was cut by a knife during the attempt.
Then three days later, he reported a similar incident and again received a minor stab wound.

Police said the investigation showed neither robbery ever occurred and the minor wounds suffered by Swiatowy were self inflicted. 

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