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Niagara County adopts $316.5 million spending plan

by jmaloni
Wed, Dec 21st 2011 10:50 am

Budget comes in under county tax cap despite state mandates

Niagara County lawmakers approved a $316.5 million spending plan Tuesday night in Lockport, with a slight 1.8 percent property tax increase that is below the county's legally required 2 percent tax cap.

The 2012 county budget was approved by a 16-3 vote.

The approved budget sets a full value tax rate of $7.63 per $1,000 of assessed value, a 13-cent increase from the 2011 spending plan. Taxes remain sharply lower than the $8.78 per $1,000 in 2004. The Niagara County Legislature has, despite this year's tax increase, managed to preserve a 13 percent tax reduction accomplished since then.

The approved budget also imposed several austerity measures, including freezes in pay increases for county employees as Niagara County's government continues to chart a conservative budgeting course during a period of declining state aid and increases in unfunded state mandates.

A PDF table containing municipal tax rates, based upon the separate municipalities' equalization rates, is accessible by clicking this link.

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