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One of the most controversial votes to come before the Batavia City Council in several years is scheduled for tonight.
The council will be asked to change a section of the City Code that pertains to Solid Waste collection.
It has been dubbed a, Pay-as-You-Throw program, a plan that shifts the cost of trash collection to a user fee and encourages recycling.
Critics charge the plan was drafted without citizen input and will result in an out of state company winning a lucrative contract with the city at the expense of the Genesee ARC.
Almost lost in the trash debate, council will act on a new budget for the coming fiscal year. 
The budget will reduce the property tax rate by 16-percent, if the trash ordinance is changed, and replace most of that reduction with the garbage user fee.
Tonight’s council meeting begins at 7pm at City Hall.

More problems at College Village: two out of town men have been arrested for allegedly stealing two X-Box game consoles from a dormitory.
18-year-old William Hucks of Webster and 18-year-old Jihad Abdul Hakiim of New York City are locked up in the county jail.

A Batavia man is busted for burglary.
19-year-old Francis Smith of West Main St is facing a felony charge for allegedly entering two homes on Read Road in Pembroke.
The break-ins occurred over the past three months.
Smith is currently being held in the Genesee County Jail on unrelated charges.

As Ben Affleck's "Argo" took home the Oscar last night for 2013's Best Picture, a Western New York actor had a bit of skin in the game.  University at Buffalo professor Stephen McKinley Henderson played a free-born slave in "Lincoln," another Academy Award nominee for Best Picture.  Henderson was also in an Oscar-nominated film last year called "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close."  He didn't taste the agony of defeat last night in person, however, as he is in town rehearsing a play with his students.


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