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The Batavia City Council has altered next year’s budget.
Council approved amendments to the financial plan that reduces property taxes by another two-percent.
The proposed tax rate in the new budget is 8.95 per thousand, down from 10.71 this year.
But, the budget also calls for implementation of the Pay-as-you-Throw garbage plan and the separate user fee of at least 169-dollars a year.
While council members reduced the overall budget, they did approve, by a vote of 5 to 4, a pay raise for themselves. 
Their pay will increase from $2,000 to $3,500 per year.
(Please note correction:: Patty Pacino did not support the pay raise)
Voting in favor of the pay raise were: Rosemary Christian, Jim Russell, John Canale, Kathy Briggs and Tim Buckley.
Council will hold a public hearing on the budget next Monday night. A final vote on the financial plan is slated for the end of the month.

A Batavia teenager has been charged with a felony count of Grand Larceny for allegedly stealing more then $300,000 worth of items from a home on Jackson Street.
17-year-old Nathan Crawford of Hutchins Street was arrested by Batavia Police after an investigation into the theft of jewelry and electronics from the Jackson Street residence over a period of four months. 
Crawford has been released under the supervision of Genesee Justice.

An accused drug kingpin who has been on the run for the last two years has been arrested on charges that he trafficked heroin to Buffalo and Rochester.  Eury Rodriguez is due court today, where he faces numerous charges that include operating as a major trafficker, under the state's drug kingpin law.  Rodriguez was among 15 people who were indicted in March of 2011 on charges that involved the importing of millions of dollars worth of heroin into Buffalo from the Bronx.  

Toy makers Fisher Price and Mattel have announced a three-million-dollar donation towards construction of the new Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo.  The donation will be used to create a six-thousand-square-foot family respite center at the hospital, which is scheduled to open in 2016.  The toy companies will also provide animal sculptures for the outside garden.

If the Buffalo Bills win the Super Bowl next year, it'll be quite a feat.  Oddsmakers aren't giving the Bills all that much of a chance, listing them as 100-to-1 long shots to win the Lombardi Trophy next season.  Only two other teams, Jacksonville and Oakland, have worse odds.


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