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A local law to abolish the two-tier tax system in North Tonawanda was introduced at Tuesday night's Common Council meeting.

Municipal law requires that the local law be tabled for seven days before its adoption, Assistant Attorney Robert Sondel said. The tabling motion was adopted unanimously.

The local law would repeal the two-tier tax system which proportions local real estate taxes between homeowners (homestead) and business and industry taxpayers (non-homestead), effective May 1.

"Adopting this local law will have the effect of abolishing the homestead tax rate and the ability to adjust base proportions. The latter is not needed if there is only one tax rate," Sondel said.

The city has had a two-tier tax system since 1982. Business and industry owners have argued that they are being driven out of the city because of the high taxes.

The Council adopted an ordinance amendment drafted by Assistant City Attorney Edward A. Zebulske III increasing fines for violators of the city's truck ordinance that regulates truck traffic through the city, to a minimum fine of $50 to a maximum of $250. The previous fine was $10 to $25.

The amendment is intended to discourage unlawful truck traffic through the city.

The Council also:

Will ask the Niagara County Civil Service Commission to change the classification of electrician in the city's wastewater treatment plant to a competitive category.

The change is part of a reorganization of the city's sign and signal division by Public Works Superintendent Gary Franklin as a cost-saving measure, which he negotiated with the Civil Service Employees Association.

Approved a request by Niagara County Legislator John Tylec, D-North Tonawanda, who attended the Council meeting, to ask for support in opposing a regional transportation proposal to extend the LaSalle Expressway through North Tonawanda as part of a Grand Island bypass.

Gave George Boersma permission to dismantle the unused water tower at the former Roblin Steel plant site and sell it for scrap, in exchange for Boersma removing piles of scrap tires from the property.

Authorized the mayor to sign an agreement for the receipt of a $400,000 first-time home ownership assistance grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Authorized the mayor and Police Chief Lloyd C. Graves to accept a $225,000 COPS grant to assist in hiring police officers.

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