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Proposed Niagara County budget has lowest average tax rate since 1980

The proposed 2018 Niagara County budget, released Wednesday, carries a countywide average full-value property tax rate of $7.11 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. It's 16 cents lower than this year's rate and the lowest average since 1980.

Budget Director Daniel R. Huntington, however, said only two communities in the county - the towns of Lockport and Cambria - currently are assessed at full value. Whether there is a tax cut elsewhere, after the County Legislature votes on the budget in December, depends on local assessment data.

The total amount to be collected in taxes would rise 2.54 percent under the proposal.

The $343.16 million budget raises spending by 1.28 percent, or $4.32 million. County Manager Richard E. Updegrove attributed the increase mainly to contracted pay raises and unfunded state mandates.

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