LOCKPORT - After one last spending reduction, the Lockport Common Council passed its 2017 budget Monday by a 4-2 vote.
Council President David R. Wohleben said the Council's decision to reduce by $25,000 the allocation for Fire Department retirees' unused sick and vacation days knocked 3 cents off the tax rate, setting it at $17.42 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
That's an increase of 43 cents, or 2.53 percent, from this year's rate. It means the owner of a typical Lockport home assessed at $85,000 will pay about $36 more in taxes in 2017. The Council voted to exceed the state tax cap for the third consecutive year with an increase of slightly over 2 percent. This year's cap was 0.6 percent.
The votes against the budget came from Alderman R. Joseph O'Shaughnessy, D-at large, and Alderwoman Anita Mullane, D-2nd Ward.