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July 28, 2013

Present secure, but Town of Niagara finances questionable in future

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Niagara Gazette — But the tax is distributed to communities throughout the county based on population. And Niagara, with a little more than 8,300 people as of the 2010 census, is not in a position to receive a lot of the money it generates. What’s worse, the town argues, is the population has shown to be in decline from its already low number according to 2012 estimates.

It’s an issue Supervisor Steve Richards said would be alleviated long-term if the law was changed to provide more sales tax revenue to the town despite its low population totals. But he’s also using Brown’s words of warning to examine right-sizing town government, even if it means looking outside the box for answers.

“We need to really control the size of government or we’ll be forced in the future to add a ... property tax,” he said. “We need to start right-sizing government by not replacing those who retire or leave. We need to watch how we spend. I’m also considering reaching out to Kevin Gaughan, the lawyer from Buffalo, to talk to us about possibly downsizing the board. As the town gets smaller, we need to consider all of our options.”

Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.

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