Niagara City Council approves preliminary budget

Bobbie Samme’

At its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 15, the Niagara City Council approved a $1.8 million budget for 2018.

“We are still waiting for the tax rate from the school and the county, so our budget is not final yet, but the equalization value is going down a little bit for the taxpayers,” noted George Bousley, Niagara’s mayor. “There are a lot of outside factors that play into that final number.”

Also at its meeting on Wednesday, the council approved a two-year contract for Jerry Pillath, the city assessor, starting Jan. 1, 2018.

At its October meeting, the council discussed the city’s 2020 census.

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