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Manchester plans budget hearing Tax, water, sewer rates among topics NORTH--Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro


Manchester residents will have a chance tonight to express their opinions on the town budget, the local real-estate tax rate and water and sewer rates for the coming year in a public hearing after the regular council meeting.

The hearing will start at 8 p.m. in the town hall, at 3208 York St.

At 7:30 p.m., the council meeting will begin with an executive session. A brief business meeting will follow.

"We're not going to try to pass water and sewer rates" at the meeting, Town Manager Terry Short said yesterday. "I'd really just like to get the tax rate and the budget in place."

The draft budget published April 29 calls for a tax rate of 42 cents, compared with the current rate of 39 cents per $100 assessed valuation.

The budget for fiscal 1994, which begins July 1, includes new capital spending for water and sewers. One project would be the $150,000 Charmil Drive sewer expansion.

Under the current proposal, which may still change, Charmil Drive homeowners each would be responsible for paying a connection fee of $2,950 plus the costs of plumbing to hook up their homes to the sewer.

The town and the Manchester Farms developer will share remaining costs, Mr. Short said, but the arrangement has not yet been finalized.

The budget includes $91,000 in capital spending for water meter replacement. The figure may drop by as much as 40 percent if the council selects a lower-priced meter system, Mr. Short said.

Enough money is included in the draft budget for raises of up to 8 percent for most town employees, but the figure may change.

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