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City Council budget vote set for today

The Dunkirk Common Council will meet today with the city’s 2020 budget adoption highlighting the agenda. The plan, which includes no raises in the property tax or water and wastewater fees, would set the city budget at an all-time high of $24,671,628, up from 2019’s $23,686,106 spending plan.

First up is Resolution 100-2019, which calls for the adoption of the fiscal year 2020 budget. It sets the General Fund revenues at $16,176,390 with expenditures listed at $16,365,328. Water Fund revenues and expenditures match at $3,876,550 while the Waste Water Treatment revenues and expenditures match at $4,429,750.

“Whereas, the Common Council has undertaken a review of the proposed FY 2020 Budget and desires to make no amendments to such Budget as herein detailed below; now therefore, be it

“Resolved, that Mayor Rosas’s proposed FY 2020 Budget, as amended herein, hereby is and shall be adopted as the City of Dunkirk Fiscal Year 2020 Budget.”

Resolution 101-2019 will approve the spending of the money in the budget while 102-2019 authorizes a tax levy of $4,847,004 at the tax rate of $17.251411 per $1,000 of assessed valuation based on the city’s total assessed valuation of $280,985,719.

Resolution 103-2019 would authorize multiple budget-line modifications in the 2019 budget for all three funds.

Resolution 104-2019 authorizes an agreement extension with the firm of Dresher and Malecki, LLP of Cheektowaga for professional auditing services for 2019, 2020 and 2021. The firm will be paid $27,571 for the three years’ financial statement audit, $3,000 per three compilation of annual update document and up to $5,749 for two other possible audits that may be required.

Resolution 105-2019 would authorize a change order in Phase 2 of work at the city’s wastewater treatment plant totaling $130,195.67. The order will call for the installation of overhead doors, repairs to the sludge thickener floor and concrete work to “increase the safety of the plant.”

Two notices of claim are set be addressed.

Ciara Camacho of 4 W. Second St. has filed a claim for a broken windshield on her car which occurred Nov. 15 after she locked her keys in the car. “Called Dunkirk Police Department to get them out for me. Officer broke windshield in the process,” Camacho stated in her claim.

Marie Cerrie of 53 W. Fourth St. filed a claim for damage done to the stairs and grass between the street and sidewalk on Nov. 11 between 2 and 2:30 a.m. “I believe a snow plow hit the stairs,” she stated.

Council will hold a workshop at 5 p.m. in the second floor conference room with the regular meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the courtroom.

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