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Niagara Falls Council restores two police jobs, adjusts tax increase

The Niagara Falls City Council on Thursday restored two of the four police positions it had cut from the 2018 city budget, sustaining Mayor Paul A. Dyster's veto of that reduction.

All four jobs were being vacated by early retirements. The two restored posts were detective positions.

The Council also altered the budget's allocation of property taxes between homeowners and businesses. Residential tax rates will rise 2.2 percent instead of 0.1 percent. Business rates will rise 6.5 percent, not 7.7 percent.

"We're not raising the tax revenues needed to keep up with our expenses," Dyster said.

Republican Councilman Kenneth M. Tompkins supplied the decisive vote to restore the detective jobs. "The mayor should have made a lot more (spending) cuts," he said. Dyster said that would have meant "massive layoffs."

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