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BILL INTRODUCED TO CHANGE HOW CITY AND COUNTY TAXES ARE PAID

The way city and Chautauqua County taxes can be paid would change under a local law introduced at Tuesday night's Common Council meeting.

The law would permit taxpayers to pay half of the total city and county taxes in February and the other half in May. Now, the county taxes are due in February, and the city taxes are due in May.

The amount of the county tax is larger than the amount of city tax, which means the February payment would be higher than it is now, city officials said, but the May payment would be smaller.

The plan is contingent on the county's agreement.

Second Ward Councilman Donald Stoyle wants the Council to hold a public information session to inform the taxpayers about the change. Council members also discussed the amount of extra work the law would make for the city treasurer's office, which must send out the bills, collect the taxes and keep the records.

The local law could be acted on at the Oct. 21 meeting. If the Council approves it, a public hearing would also have to be held.

A second bill was introduced to change of the method of charging industries for treating their wastes at the wastewater treatment plant.

Acting Fiscal Affairs Officer Charles Herron assured the Council that the change would be "revenue neutral" and not raise the fees for the industries.

The new method would use a measure of chemical oxygen demand instead of the currently used biological oxygen demand. The laboratory work can be done more quickly and more cheaply, officials said.

In construction matters, the Council approved a $288,964 contract with H. Olsen & Sons Contractors to construct part of the bikeway along the Lake Erie shoreline. This is part of the project to have a walk or bikeway the entire length of the shore within the city limits. State funds are paying for the project.

Finally, the Council changed the first meeting date next month to Nov. 6. The normal meeting date would have fallen on Election Day.

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