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Niagara County Legislature raises its pay, cuts tax rate

The Niagara County Legislature passed a $343 million budget for 2018 Tuesday night that gave legislators a $4,000 pay raise and increased the pay of several patronage employees, while reducing the average property tax rate to its lowest level since 1980.

However, the rate is different in each community. Final figures showed tax rates will fall in only four communities: the towns of Cambria, Lockport, Niagara and Wheatfield.

Although the total amount to be collected in taxes will rise 2.5 percent, the average full-value tax rate is $7.10 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, down 17 cents.

The pay raise of 26.5 percent for most legislators is their first increase in 18 years, setting base pay at $19,075 a year. The chairman receives $3,000 more than that, while the majority and minority leaders are paid $500 above their colleagues.

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