The Niagara Falls City Council voted Monday to override all 65 of the vetoes cast by Mayor Vince Anello last week that sought to block more than half of the council’s cuts to the city’s 2006 budget.

A series of votes Monday sustained an estimated $638,441 in budget cuts — from reducing police and fire overtime to eliminating several of Anello’s controversial appointments — that were pushed through by the council in an effort to cut a proposed tax increase for homeowners nearly in half.

The cuts will mean the average homeowner will pay about $20 less in city property taxes next year than Anello had initially proposed when he released a $78.13 million spending plan in October that would have nearly reached the state’s limit for what the city can tax its property owners.

However, Anello warned the council that the cuts will force the city to reduce its parks services, senior programs and police patrols next year.

All five council members have said they wanted to reduce proposed tax rates that would have increased property taxes by about 6 percent for homeowners and more than 8 percent for commercial landowners.

Several council members said more cuts will need to be made to city expenses in the future if the city’s tax base remains stagnant.

“We had to cut or else a control board was going to cut for us,” said Councilman Robert Anderson Jr., who has said repeatedly he believes the city’s bleak financial future could lead to state receivership.

The budget reductions made by the council during the last month trimmed less than 1 percent of Anello’s $78.13 million spending proposal.

After the council’s cuts, the tentative tax rate for homeowners would increase nearly 4 percent to $17.50 for every $1,000 of the assessed value of a property. At that rate, a taxpayer who owned a home worth $50,000 — about the city’s average — would pay $32 more in city property taxes next year.

Under Anello’s initial proposal, property taxes would have increased about $52 for the average homeowner next year.

“This is the first time in 50 years the taxpayer’s won,” said Councilman Glenn Choolokian after the budget meeting Monday afternoon.

The council’s decision to uphold more than $200,000 in overtime reductions to the city’s police and fire departments came despite a warning from a state auditor that the overtime lines in those departments were already well below what the city actually spends.

The Office of the State Comptroller issued a report last month after reviewing Anello’s spending proposal that warned the tentative budget was “not structurally balanced” because the overtime lines did not reflect the city’s true costs which are higher.

The council’s budget actions also cut nine of the mayor’s appointments, shifted the duties of another job and created two new department heads that will oversee reorganized Departments of Public Works and Parks.

Council Chairman Charles Walker, who voted Monday against the job cuts and overtime reductions, was the only council member not to oppose every veto Anello made.

Walker said he had “major concerns” about reducing police and fire overtime lines in light of the state comptroller’s report. Instead, he would have like to have seen the issue addressed as the city renegotiates contracts with police and firefighters.

The decision to eliminate a risk management position — a job currently filled by County Legislator Renae Kimble — also drew concern from Anello.

“Who’s going to do the work? They totally destroyed it,” Anello said of the risk management department.

However, several council members said they believed the work can be done by a private third party administrator already hired by the city and the two clerk positions that remain in that department.

“I feel like that we did our due diligence in trying to keep the taxes down for the taxpayers,” Councilwoman Candra Thomason said.