Niagara Gazette


December 10, 2012

GUEST VIEW: City better off budgeting out USA Niagara


Niagara Gazette — Additionally the organization has not been forthcoming in sharing information on their operating costs. Their reluctance to disclose their overhead does nothing to encourage the city’s support at a time when every dollar is critical to the city budget.

The gimmicky NYPA proposal that would buy out our city’s $850,000 per year 44-year annuity with a one-time payment of $13.45 million is a non-starter so it wasn’t a part of our deliberations. If the Dyster administration intends to use those NYPA dollars to support USA Niagara, the train station, consultant fees and pet projects at the cost of raising taxes and hurting both home and business owner we will never sign on to the agreement.

Glenn A. Choolokian is a Niagara Falls City Council member and lives in Niagara Falls with his wife and two children

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