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Budgets Approved in Niagara Falls Council Chambers

March 20, 2019

By: Marcie Culbert

Budget talks have wrapped up at Niagara Falls City Hall.

Council approved their operating and capital budgets for 2019 at their meeting last night.

Mayor Jim Diodati says they were happy to approve a zero percent increase to the tax levy.

"This was one of the years where things just worked out where we were able to bring a zero percent budget increase without losing any services. No one is going to suffer, no one of going to feel it but this year we were able to get a win-win on both ends."

Council has also given the green light to a capital budget of about $40 million. There's lots of road rehabilitation projects which include sewers and sidewalks. Crews will also make improvements to 10 local parks this year.

Three demolition projects are also included in the capital budget; the old court house, the old Park Street market and the old recreation building on the corner of Lundy's Lane and Montrose Road.

Tearing down the court house will cost $260,000, getting rid of the Park Street market will be $70,000 and the demolition of the old recreation building comes with a price tag of $255,000.