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December 19, 2012

City's budget passed

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Tonawanda News — The council overrode the veto unanimously.

The mayor also vetoed an amendment to the budget that would have cut 1,000 tons of salt, which costs about $28,000, out of the budget. Councilman Blake Boyle submitted the amendment last month, arguing that with the leftover salt from last year’s mild winter, the city wouldn’t need to purchase as much.

However, Pilozzi said he believes the salt is needed to ensure the city has a “margin of safety.”

Although Councilman Tyler Kossow initially agreed with Pilozzi, he, along with the rest of the council, voted to override the veto.

The third vetoed item on the agenda was the council’s reduction of the garbage disposal budget by $60,000. Although the council passed a new contract Tuesday with a private company that would reduce costs, the company, Covanta Energy, has yet to sign the document.

“I am concerned about a couple of things with this, including the fact that we don’t have any reciprocation,” Zeisz said. “We just received news about three new retirements that will cost us about $160,000 that were unexpected. If we save enough money through the contract, those figures staying in the budget can still help offset those costs.”

The resolution to override the veto was defeated, with Zeisz, Kossow and Boyle voting to override Pilozzi’s veto and Councilwoman Heather Little and Slisz voting to let it stand, leaving the measure one vote shy.

Taking these changes into account, the taxes will be raised by 1.09 percent in 2013. The tax rate will rise from $16.43 per $1,000 of assessed value to $16.61. Put simpler, the owner of a home appraised at $100,000 will pay an additional $18 in city taxes.

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150

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