Tax increase in proposed budget is equal to city’s tax cap
The proposed 2018 City of Lockport budget, released Thursday, carries a tax levy increase exactly equal to the tax cap for the city: 1.84 percent.
Director of Finance Scott A. Schrader said the tax rate would rise 28 cents, to $17.70 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. That’s equal to a $28 increase on the tax bill for a house assessed at $100,000. Schrader said there will be no increases in water, sewer or refuse charges for the second consecutive year.
Schrader said spending of almost $24.7 million represents a 2.28 percent increase, primarily because of negotiated wage increases for police and firefighters.
Before the Common Council votes Nov. 15, the budget must be approved by the state Comptroller’s Office, under terms of an emergency fiscal bailout Lockport received in 2013.
Town would buy electric cars if it wins $250,000 energy grant
Cheektowaga plans to purchase 10 electric vehicles and install charging stations at Town Hall if it wins a $250,000 clean energy grant.
Assistant town engineer Peter Johnston talked about the plan Tuesday during a work session of the Town Board.
Lawmakers are expected to approve the grant application at its next regular session Oct. 23. The proposal must be submitted to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority by Nov. 18.
In August, the town was designated a Clean Energy Community by the authority, allowing it to apply for the grant.
The town would only purchase the electric cars and charging stations if it wins the grant.
Board of Elections offers extended absentee voting hours
The Erie County Board of Elections will offer extended hours for absentee voting through Nov. 6.
Voting will be available in Room 230 of the Rath County Office Building from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 24, Oct. 26, Oct. 31, and Nov. 2.
The board will also accommodate absentee voting from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the Rath Building lobby on those days.
Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 28 and Nov. 4, in the lobby.
Last day to apply in person for an absentee ballot is Nov. 6. Online applications are available at www.elections.erie,gov.
Man, 28, in critical condition after Bailey Avenue shooting
A 28-year-old man was listed in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center following a shooting Thursday afternoon in the 3300 block of Bailey Avenue, according to Buffalo Police late Thursday.
The incident occurred just after 1:30 p.m., according to Buffalo Police.
Police are asking anyone with information to call or text the Confidential TIP-CALL Line at 847-2255.