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Jamestown, Lackawanna among governments close to state tax limit

Four governments in Western New York are on a list of the 20 counties, cities and villages across the state that are close to reaching their constitutional tax limit, according to a report released Tuesday.

This represents the maximum amount of property taxes a local government can raise each year, and the state Comptroller's Office considers it a troubling sign to reach 80% of the limit.

In 2012, seven municipalities across New York were at 80% or higher, but 20 entities hit that mark in 2018, with 10 using 90% or more of their constitutional tax limit.

Beyond 100%, the Comptroller's Office must withhold state aid in the amount of the excess taxing.

The list was topped off by Jamestown, which reached 100% in 2018 and 2017 and has been above 90% since 2011.

Also in this region, Lackawanna reached 90.9%, Allegany County exhausted 85.9% and Niagara Falls hit 82.4%.

Early data suggest 20 municipalities will exceed their tax limit in 2019. They could include the City of Tonawanda, which was at 76.8% in 2018 but rose to 82.5% in 2019.

NOTE: An earlier version of this news brief had an incorrect tax limit percentage for Allegany County.

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