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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…

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…