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City Hallways (April 26) Will taxes remain frozen?

Budget talk

It's just about budget time in City Hall.  I  haven't heard much yet about what's going  to be  in Mayor Brown's 2016-2017 proposed spending plan,  but Brown's  State of  the City two months ago included a continued-freeze-on-property-taxes pledge, so I'm figuring that will be the case.

Brown is expected to submit his spending plan to the Common Council Friday.  If Brown's budget folks run late,  Council President Darius Pridgen already told his colleagues that copies of the document will be delivered to their homes Saturday.

Budget hearings are suppose to begin next week. The budget covers the fiscal year running from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

Fruit Belt
I'm still hearing city officials are optimistic about getting the state to approve a residential parking permit system for the Fruit Belt this legislative session.

The plan will likely  include a provision allowing some lower-paid medical campus employees  to  park in the Fruit Belt along with residents. That provision may quiet the type of union  opposition that deep-sixed the  plan last year.

If this goes through, council members are expecting other neighborhoods - Allentown, and Days Park, for example -  to want parking districts, too.

Yom  Hashoah
The mayor  and  County  Executive Mark Poloncarz Monday continued their tradition of having  a  joint candle- lighting ceremony commemorating Yom Hashoah,  Holocaust Remembrance  Day.

"Today's ceremony recognizes the millions of innocent lives that were lost during one of the darkest chapters in human history and reminds us of the importance of confronting all forms of hatred so that this never happens again," Brown said. "With recent world events, we've seen that evil still exists and know that it's up to us to confront acts of hatred and violence."

Countdown to Primary news
It's primary day in Pennsylvania, Maryland,  Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island.

Calendar Items
Big announcement at the Buffalo History Museum this afternoon regarding Buffalo Bills memorabilia.

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