Tonawanda News

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October 3, 2012

NT council pleased with initial budget

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Tonawanda News — “You’re seeing the end result our our hard work, but also the employees that meet us half way,” Andres said.

Ortt, meanwhile, expanded his budgetary plan, which, if approved by the council, will spend $95,000 for new police cruisers and another $70,000 to hire additional firefighters, which he said will offset overtime costs. 

He also said he has cut expenditures in the water fund and reduced spending in the sewer fund. The result of that, Ortt said, removed $500,000 from the 2012 and 2013 budgets, ending subsidies for the two departments and forcing the funds to “stand on their own.” 

“I’m proud to say that today the water and sewer funds are in the best financial shape they have been in many, many years,” the mayor told the council. 

Public hearings on the budget will take place in November, though they have not been formally scheduled. 

Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.

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