Tax in­crease in pro­posed bud­get is equal to city’s tax cap

The Buffalo News - - LOCAL NEWS - – Thomas J. Pro­haska – Jane Kwiatkowski Radlich – Robert J. McCarthy – Harold McNeil

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.

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