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We have some good news to report from the Batavia City Schools and its property tax rate.
As a result of the consolidation of schools and a re-val of assessments, the city school rate rate will decrease by 91-cents per thousand.
That is a reduction of almost 4-percent.
The Batavia Board of Ed says this is the lowest tax rate for the city school district in more than 10 years.

Fire of unknown cause destroys a barn and animals in Stafford.
The blaze erupted on the Terry Smart property around 7:30 last night.
Four pigs, two dogs and several chickens perished in the blaze.
Three years ago, fire destroyed a 200 year old home on the same property.

Genesee County government keeps it all in the family.
Oakfield Town Supervisor Michael Cianfrini has been appointed Deputy County Clerk.
Cianfrini is a lawyer; his father, Ray Cianfrini is a county legislator from Oakfield.
Michael’s wife, Melissa, is an assistant District Attorney.
The appointment of Michael Cianfrini was made by County Clerk Don Read.
Michael is not expected to seek another term this fall as town supervisor but will likely run for a town board position.

A six month long investigation into Wyoming County drug sales nets three arrests, including two teenagers.
32-year-old Adam Kitt of Perry was charged with allegedly selling morphine in the Village of Perry and Town of Pavilion. 
He is being held in the Wyoming County Jail on $25,000 bail.
A 19-year-old Cattaraugus County woman and a 17-year-old Warsaw girl were also locked up on felony drug charges. 
The sheriff’s office withheld the women’s names because they may be eligible for youthful offender status.

Plans are moving forward to add new buildings at GCC’s College Village.
The expansion would house 42 more students bringing the total capacity of College Village to 400. 
School officials say housing is a big draw because GCC attracts about a quarter of its students from outside the area and demand for the units is high.
The town Planning Board would also have to consider the impact on the volunteer fire department which would have to respond to each new instance of burnt toast or pop tarts. 
The entire project is expected to cost $2.8 million dollars.

The proposed Tim Horton’s restaurant in the Town of Batavia is a step closer to construction.
The town Planning Board reviewed the final plans for the coffee shop and adjacent retail building located between West Main and Lewiston Road behind Rite Aid. 
The final site plan will be up for approval at the board’s next meeting Oct. 1. 

Construction can begin as soon as the site plan is approved.  

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