Tonawanda News — "We need this area to be more attractive to families," he said, adding that the consistent population loss in recent years has led to fewer taxpayers shouldering a larger share of the cost burden for both state and local governments.
Witryol believes a good way to expand the tax base would be to reform the way the government supports business creation and expansion. She pointed to local industrial development agencies like the one in Niagara which she believes are being used as "political vehicles" instead of being used to actually create more jobs and increase tax revenues raised through businesses.
"We need IDA reform statewide," she said.COMING TOMORROW Get an in-depth look at the races and issues in the 62nd Senate District and the 145th Assembly District in Monday's Gazette. City Editor Mark Scheer and reporters Justin Sondel and Timothy Chipp contributed to this report.