NORTH TONAWANDA —
“I think overall the budget is a good product for the taxpayers,” Andres said. “I don’t think there’s a possibility to make everyone happy all the time, but we do our best to manage all our resources, we do our best for the taxpayers. Hopefully it’s a good one for them and the city workers.”
Third Ward Alderman Erie Zadzilka lauded the council for what he described as “a good budget session with good communication,” and former county legislator and current Alderman-At-Large Mal Needler said based on his past experience the proceedings were “professionally done.”
“I think we processed a very fiscally responsible budget,” Ortt said. “I’m glad it’s over.”
Andres added it would be difficult to surmise how the 2013 budget will affect the future financial picture, though he did emphasize the “uncontrollable costs” of employee health care and pensions as a factor.
City Clerk-Treasurer Scott Kiedrowski said while the city cannot control health care and pension increases, “it can control the tax rate.”
“Hopefully next year will be the same,” he said.
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