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Whitesboro budget reduces tax rate by roughly 7 percent

By WKTV News

WHITESBORO, N.Y. (WKTV) - A community meeting was held in Whitesboro Tuesday night to discuss this year's budget, and village residents showed up hoping to learn that they will get a little relief from their taxes.

Former Mayor Brenda Gilberti recently resigned, saying she wasn't happy with some of the decisions in the village. On Wednesday, the new mayor, Robert Daviau, along with the rest of the village board, told residents where the village stands financially. They went on to discuss the past and how they've gotten to where they are now financially.

Daviau took over from Robert Friedlander, who stepped into the position as interim Mayor following Gilberti's resignation. Daviau had been out of town at the time of her resignation.

Officials say Wednesday night's meeting brought out more people that the village has had at meetings in the past.

"Last year we didn't really have anyone at the public hearing, but I think this is the year that residents expect a little bit of relief in their taxes and it's actually a nice feeling to see everyone here interested and wanting to know what's going on."

This year's budget reduces the tax rate by a little more than 7 percent. The board said they hope to reduce rates even more, perhaps by as much as 10 percent.

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