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NT mayor says budgets will tighten

by TSchmitt
Fri, Jun 17th 2011 09:04 am

North Tonawanda mayor Rob Ortt says a new state tax cap plan will have dramatic effects on his city and he's giving members of the common council a month to establish a list of budget priorities.

Ortt says the new plan might force measures like moving the city's police dispatch system over to the county's service to avoid what's likely to be an expensive upgrade.

He also warned that changes to City hall will be needed to avoid what he said would be the shutdown of departments, possible loss of services and layoffs.

That new cap plan has already passed the state assembly, and would keep municipalities to a 2 percent cap on tax hikes annually. Ortt said Thursday that even that's too high for local residents, he thinks the city should fight to lower taxes.


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