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A notice for City of Tonawanda budget hearing gives the wrong date

On Tuesday the City of Tonawanda Common Council is scheduled to adopt is 2018 budget, but will councilors be legally able to vote?

A budget hearing notice published in The Buffalo News listed the budget hearing date as Tuesday, Nov. 7, which is Election Day, but the Council had moved its meeting and hearing to Wednesday, Nov. 8. The city's website did list the Wednesday meeting date, but did not publicize the hearing or include an agenda.

City Clerk Gayle Syposs called it "an honest mistake."

It may be a moot point. The budget's outcome will not change if the Council doesn't vote. Syposs said the mayor's proposed budget will automatically go into effect. The Council has offered no major changes in Mayor Rick Davis' proposal, which includes a nearly 5 percent tax increase.

City Attorney Ronald Trabucco did not respond to repeated calls for comment.

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