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December 19, 2013

County budget draws ire for raises


Tonawanda News — “We were told cuts were made because of the fiscal crisis the county is in,” Rutland said.

Rob Meyer, who works as a corrections officer at the Niagara County Jail, said county officials should have handled the situation in a lawful, ethical way. Workers earned those increases, he said.

“You’ve taken away step increases because you can,” Meyer said. “Step increases are compensation for the hard work we do every day. Please do this the right way.”

Handing out raises and having a surplus means the county is not in a fiscal crisis, Rutland said. 

“We were lied to, we were duped,” Rutland told the Legislature. “Restore the integrity of this body. Keep promises. Show leadership.”

Virtuoso and Legislator Jason A. Zona, D-Niagara Falls, backed up the union workers’ position. 

“There are people who shouldn’t be getting 10 percent raises, people who shouldn’t be getting 8 percent raises, at a time when we’re telling our union employees they can’t get raises,” Virtuoso said.

2014 PROJECTED COUNTY TAX RATES (per $1,000 of assessed land value) • CITY OF LOCKPORT $7.62, down 12 cents from 2013 • TOWN OF LOCKPORT $7.62, down 13 cents • CAMBRIA $7.61, down 12 cents • HARTLAND $7.61, down 13 cents • NEWFANE $8.27, up 22 cents • PENDLETON $7.92, down four cents • ROYALTON $8.27, up 38 cents • SOMERSET $7.61, down 12 cents • WILSON $8.27, down 13 cents

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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