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On Tuesday the City of Tonawanda Common Council is scheduled to adopt is 2018 budget, but will councilors be legally able to vote? A budget hearing notice published in The Buffalo News listed the budget hearing date as Tuesday, Nov. 7, which is Election Day, but the Council had moved its meeting and hearing to Wednesday, Nov. 8. The city's website did list the Wednesday…

Some City of Tonawanda residents doing home repairs or large clean ups have turned to portable soft-sided "dumpsters in a bag" to replace a traditional dumpster, but Building Inspector Erik Lindhurst said homeowners should not leave the bag for their weekly residential garbage pickup. Lindhurst said the dumpster bags are sold at retailers for about $29, but are clearly …

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Republican Michael R. Young is clinging to an 8-vote lead over Democratic Councilmember Sean Rautenstrauch in the race for the Third Ward City of Tonawanda Common Council. Young has 521 votes, Rautenstrauch 513, according to the Erie County Board of Elections. And with at least 33 outstanding absentee ballots, the outcome is too close to call. The winner won't be …

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Social media has helped heat up a City of Tonawanda mayor's race, one that both candidates admit has turned nasty. Rick Davis, mayor for the past four years and Fourth Ward Common Councilman from 2006-2009, is running on the Democrat, Independent, Working Families, Green and Women's Equality lines. Fourth Ward Common Councilman Timothy Toth will be on the Republican, Re…

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The "Helping Our Neighbors" food drive in the City of Tonawanda will collect food for needy families through Nov. 18. City Council President Jenna Koch said in an announcement that more than 130 families in the community will rely on local food pantries through the holidays. For a third year, Tops Markets has donated 110 turkeys. The public can drop off non-perish…

City of Tonawanda Democratic candidates will hold a forum at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in City Hall, 200 Niagara St. The forum was originally planned as a debate, but the Republican candidates declined the invitation. Republican mayoral candidate Tim Toth said the Republican candidates will interact with the public in a door-to-door campaign. Toth, the current Fourth War…

With City of Tonawanda property owners facing a nearly 5 percent tax hike, the Common Council is mulling a variety of options to cut about $200,000 in costs from the mayor's $22.3 million budget proposal. Despite suggestions, no spending cuts were made during council's budget workshop on Monday. Fourth Ward Councilman Tim Toth proposed eliminating both police captain…

City of Tonawanda Mayor Rick Davis' proposal to reassign seven part-time seasonal parks attendants to new positions is drawing some criticism, including from city Recreation Director Mandy Loffts. Loffts told the Common Council at its meeting Tuesday night that no one asked her about any proposed changes to her department. Loffts said she learned  from social media …

The City of Tonawanda Common Council has approved parking, stopping and standing restrictions during school hours on Fletcher Street, near the high school/middle school, and prohibited parking on Roosevelt Street near the library. "The main entrance to the school was becoming dangerous, especially during morning drop-offs," said Fourth Ward Councilman Tim Toth. Super…

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The City of Tonawanda approved rezoning 14-acres of wooded land at 151 Little League Drive for  a 92-unit, upscale condominium housing project. Riverwalk Villas is the first new housing project in the city in decades. The two-bedroom houses would be sold in the $200,000-range said David Home Builders owner David Stapleton, who spoke with residents at a public hearin…

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Calling the state tax cap "totally unrealistic," Mayor Rick Davis unveiled a 2018 budget Tuesday that would raise property taxes in the City of Tonawanda by 4.99 percent. That would be more than two and a half times the state tax cap. The tentative budget of $22.32 million proposes a tax rate of $18.63 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, up from the current rate of $17…

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The City of Tonawanda Common Council narrowly passed a local law Monday that would allow the city to raise the tax levy if the proposed 2018 budget exceeds the state-mandated 2 percent tax cap. The measure failed last week in a 2-2 tie vote, with Councilman Chuck Gilbert absent. Gilbert's vote helped pass the measure Monday, 3-2. But Gilbert said he'd rescind his yes…

The City of Tonawanda Common Council did not pass a local law on Tuesday that would have allowed the city to override the state's 2 percent cap on a tax levy increase. "For a city like ours, to stay under the 2 percent tax cap requires some drastic cuts in services," said Treasurer Joseph Hogenkamp. "This budget is all salaries and benefits." The city has had to over…

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The Tobacco-Free Erie-Niagara Coalition at Roswell Park will honor City of Tonawanda leaders and students from New Life Christian School for their initiative to establish a smoke-free parks policy at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Veterans Park. The Common Council approved the smoke-free policy at an August meeting and have begun posting signs, provided at no cost to the city b…

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The City of Tonawanda Common Council adopted a local law which gives it permission to override the state-imposed 2 percent cap on the tax levy, if needed, for the city's 2018 budget. The city has exceeded the tax cap for three consecutive years. "We don't have any fluff," said Mayor Rick Davis. "If we make cuts it will affect services." He said other municipalitie…