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County asks Assembly to cap property tax

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Legislature voted unanimously this week to ask the Democratic-controlled Assembly to pass a property tax cap.

The limitation on the size of school tax increases passed the Republican-led Senate this year but was blocked in the Assembly.

A recent study by the nonprofit Tax Foundation listed Niagara County as the highest-taxed county in the nation when the total property tax bill is expressed as a percentage of home value. It's the second time in three years Niagara has led that list.

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Niagara IDA OKs loan for gas station cleanup

LOCKPORT -- Most loans from the Niagara County Microenterprise Program are used to start a new business or assist a fledgling one.

But Wednesday, the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency board approved a loan to an established business for an environmental cleanup.

Housel's Service Station on West Avenue was given a $25,000, five-year loan at 5 percent interest. The money will pay for completion of the cleanup of petroleum-contaminated soil near the gas pumps.

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Today is last chance to register to vote

Today is the last day for voters who have moved, never registered or want to change their enrollment to register for the Nov. 4 elections.

The Niagara County Board of Elections will register voters from 1 to 9 p.m. at the following locations:

*Cambria Community Room, 4160 Upper Mountain Road, Sanborn.

*Hartland Town Hall, 8942 Ridge Road, Gasport.

*Lewiston Town Hall, 1375 Ridge Road.

*Lockport Town Hall Annex, 6560 Dysinger Road.

*Newfane Town Hall, 2896 Transit Road.

*Pendleton Town Hall, 6570 Campbell Blvd.

*Porter Town Hall, 3265 Creek Road, Youngstown.

*Royalton Town Hall, 5316 Royalton Center Road, Middleport.

*Somerset Town Hall, 8700 Haight Road, Barker.

*Wheatfield Community Center, 2790 Church Road.

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