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November 28, 2012

Council cuts budget

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"What we did was looked at production, saw who was really worth their money and those two positions, we decided that they do need to be decreased," Choolokian said. "It is what it is."

Owens, who was at the meeting, declined to comment. Dyster said he doesn't feel that the council should be tampering with city employees' salaries as they had been negotiated or advertised.

"As I've said in past years, it's not council's job to be doing performance appraisals," Dyster said.

The council's amendments also restored more than half of the positions eliminated in Dyster's proposed budget and all of the hourly jobs subject to civil servant laws that would have barred the city from hiring temporary workers if they are cut. Funding for hiring those workers was also restored in the amendments meaning that the mayor's ZOOM team and other seasonal workers who keep the parks clean and the grass mowed would be able to return this year.

The Niagara Falls Library had $75,000 restored of the $100,000 funding decrease called for under Dyster's proposed spending plan. 

Dyster has until Dec. 10 to veto the amendments. The council has the ability to overturn any veto, but needs a "super majority" of four members to do so. 

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