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No increases planned for water rates in Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS - City water users will not see an increase in their water rates in 2017.

The Niagara Falls Water Board will present its 2017 budget plan at a public hearing at 5 p.m. Thursday at its offices at 5815 Buffalo Ave. The board expects to adopt the proposed budget on Nov. 23.

Some residents and members of the City Council have lobbied for a decrease in water rates after an audit by the State Comptroller's Office found $6.3 million in the Water Board's debt service fund at the end of 2015. The state contended could have been used for pay for reductions in water and sewer rates. A financial consultant from Bonadio Group, hired by the Water Board, lowered that number in debt service to $3.4 million, which he said could be used to lower rates, make emergency repairs or for capital projects.

Executive Director Paul J. Drof  said the water board has no plans to lower its rates. He said the $3 million balance in the debt service fund will be used for capital projects.


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