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Councilman Tompkins madder than hell at city budget; hearings begin 5 p.m. Wed.
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Councilman Tompkins madder than hell at city budget; hearings begin 5 p.m. Wed.

by Joseph KisselOctober 3, 2017

“I think they are absolutely fucking nuts,” said councilman Kenny Tompkins before Monday’s common council meeting.

“Can you print that? Go ahead!”

Mayor Paul Dyster unveiled the administration’s proposed 2018 city budget last Friday that saw a 2.8 percent tax increase for homeowners and an 11 percent increase for businesses and no cuts to the city’s workforce. 

“They are throwing every last hard decision on the council,” Tompkins said.

While the administration had little in the way of updates Monday, City Administrator Nick Melson (above) said 73 city employees were eligible for retirement and the city would seek savings through not hiring replacements.

“I think he’s right to cut by attrition,” Tompkins said. “I think there’s a lot of fat in the budget. I think there’s a lot of stuff that needs to come out.”

“I walked into the Marketside for breakfast Saturday morning and I got mugged. Little old ladies and older guys saying, ‘What are you gonna do wth our taxes?!?! What are you gonna do with our taxes?!?!”

“People are upset. People are scared. There’s got to be ways to do something about it. There’s got to be a way.”

Budget hearings will take place 5 p.m. each Wednesday during October in council chambers at city hall.

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Joseph Kissel
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3 Comments
  • Maribeth Lorenze
    October 3, 2017 at 6:16 am

    Yet people voted Dyster back in. His plan is to raise everyone’s taxes beyond belief in this plywood city (which is is peril and destitution) . don’t be surprised when he throws another keg party, join in for a beer my friends YOU have paid dearly!

  • Michele
    October 4, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Good for you councilman. We need someone speaking for us. Tax increases in a dying Niagara Falls is disgraceful. Most residents are barely making it. Young people are leaving, no jobs, minimum wage at best. Seems like none cares

  • October 5, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Tompkins speaking for the taxpayers? The guy is an ignorant complainer and never comes up with any solutions and just attacks. When he actually comes up with a sensible solution, ignore the guy. How the heck did the voters in NFalls elect this dud?

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