NORTH TONAWANDA —
“The costs have gone up so much in the way of health care and pensions,” Andres said. “Had we not had this reality we could have dropped the (tax rate).”
Battaglia, meanwhile, said he believes the Meadow Drive extension project, planned to launch in the spring, will alleviate traffic congestion along Nash Road and leave the potential for more business and housing opportunities that may add to the city’s tax base. He also praised the city’s leadership for sticking to a three-year plan to rejuvenate dilapidated roadways throughout the city, which is moving into its final year.
Ortt and Andres said the common council will size up the more than $1.9 million capital budget in the months ahead, that could see some changes as the construction season nears.
The council is expected to approve the budget on Tuesday.
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