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North Tonawanda taxpayers will see increase

NORTH TONAWANDA – Mayor Arthur G. Pappas had proposed a zero tax increase when he presented his 2017 budget last month, but the Common Council decided his cuts may be a bit too deep.

The Common Council adopted a $36.4 million spending plan, which will raise taxes from $13.35 to $13.34 – nine cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The increase in the tax bill would be $9 for an average home assessed at $100,000. Despite the increase in taxes, the overall budget shows a small decrease, down slightly over $1,200, from 2016.

Daniel Quinn, the city clerk/treasurer, said the adopted budget adds $109,000 to the mayor's proposed budget, which the council believes would be a little more "fiscally responsible" with cuts to the fund balance in case of contingencies.

Water and sewer rates remain the same. There are no cuts to services and no layoffs.

The Common Council also heard concerns from residents who oppose city rules on terrace parking, which prohibits parking on property between the street and sidewalk. Several residents noted that with winter parking restrictions in place, which affect parking on city streets, some residents have nowhere to park.

Pappas said the Common Council plans to discuss terrace parking at their next work session at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 22.

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