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Takes hiked in proposed Canandaigua city budget

If the city’s proposed 2019 budget is approved as is, residents will see one of their largest tax increases in years.

Spending is up 4.93 percent from the current budget of $14,460,342 to a proposed $15,173,791 next year.

The proposed spending plan includes the city’s share of funding for two new firefighters — the $200,000 cost will be split evenly with the town of Canandaigua, which has committed the funding as part of its 2019 budget. They would start in February 2019. The cost of one firefighter is equal to 2 percent of the tax levy, and 2019 will be the first of three years in which fire department staffing numbers will be bolstered.

The tax levy in 2019 would increase $356,388, from $5,048,800 this year to $5,405,188, or a 7.06 percent increase.

The average home assessed at $166,000 would see a 4.9 percent increase in the tax bill, from $1,149.79 to $1,216.41, or $67.

City Manager John Goodwin said this is the second highest levy change since 2009. City Council voted last month to override the tax cap, which called for a tax levy increase of 2.25 percent.

“This is a fairly large levy increase for the city compared to what we normally do,” said Goodwin, in presenting the proposed spending plan to City Council on Tuesday night.

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