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Despite concerns, state OKs adoption of City of Lockport budget

The proposed 2018 City of Lockport budget can be adopted as it currently stands, although the State Comptroller's Office raised questions Wednesday about some of the figures.

"It's just a heads-up from us to make sure these are correct," spokesman Brian Butry said.

"They're putting out things that we have to keep in mind more than things we have to change the budget for," city Finance Director Scott A. Schrader said.

The spending plan, which matches the city's tax cap by raising the property tax levy 1.84 percent, is scheduled for a vote next Wednesday. The state questioned the lack of a sewer rate increase, thought police overtime might be underbudgeted and found no cushion in case three city unions win new contracts with raises.

Lockport can't adopt a budget without state approval through 2024, under terms of a 2014 state bailout.

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