Niagara Falls Reporter
Home | Archive / Search
OCT 14- OCT 21, 2014

Late Budget Should Come as no Surprise Neither Should Size of Deficit

By Mike Hudson

October 14, 2014

When it comes to hosting rock concerts or beer festivals, Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster can’t be beat.
But when it comes to turning in a balanced budget on time, well, not so much.

For the third year in a row, the city has spent considerably more than it has taken in. And Dyster missed the Oct. 1 deadline mandated by the City Charter for handing his proposed 2015 budget over to the city council, just as he did two years ago.

“We’re working very diligently to address what’s an ongoing structural issue in the budget,” the mayor said. “The gap we’re facing is larger than anticipated.”

Why this should be so when the gap has existed in each of the past three years is uncertain. The city simply spends significantly more than it takes in.

Who can forget Dyster’s famous “disaster budget” of 2012, when the city took in $78 million in revenues and spent a whopping $88 million. Dyster’s solution was simple: he sought a whopping 8.3 percent tax increase from the city’s already overtaxed property owners.

The council majority at the time – Sam Fruscione, Glenn Choolokian and Bob Anderson – responded with a hearty, “Hell no!” and, working with City Controller Maria Brown, found ways to cut costs so that the massive tax increase was avoided.

In 2013, Dyster couldn’t very well raise taxes since his Council allies, Kristen Grandinetti and Charles Walker, were running for re-election. Instead, using around $4.4 million in general fund reserves and another $5 million in Seneca casino cash, he covered his shortfall.

Rather than blame his chronic shortfalls on the city’s out of control corporate welfare program, subsidized rock concerts or white elephant projects such as the new train station, the mayor claims that his out of control spending is, well, out of his control.

“It’s no secret where the deficit is coming from,” the mayor said. “It’s driven by the personnel costs.”





New Sal Maglie Operator Ward Has Checkered Past in Arena Football
With $9 M Deficit, Cuts Wonít Come Easy
Late Budget Should Come as no Surprise Neither Should Size of Deficit
DeSantis Redecorates as City Debt Grows
Dyster Deficit by Any Other Name Means Higher Taxes
Oh, Budget How do I Cut TheeÖ Let Me Count the Ways
Dyster Polling Starting Already for 2015 Candidacy?
Destino, Brochey Join CWM Opponents In Seeking Extension of Permit Process
Dominicís Little River an Undiscovered Treasure Here
What Work Will Actually Be Done At Jayne Park?
UAW to Push Destino Bid at Lockport Event
Remembering a Great Gentleman; Michael Whitenight, 1960-2014
Itís Official: Niagara Falls Now Most Dangerous City in State
Libertarian Gov. Candidate Wants Your Vote Even if itís a Protest Vote
Niagara Power Bring First Rate Baseball Action, Family Values
Workshop Offers Help for Children Afflicted With Sensory Processing Disorder
Council Recognizes Pyska for His Attainment of Rank of Eagle Scout
Whoís Funding Ortt, Destino as 62nd District Senate Race Heats Up
This Week in Stupid Crime
Green Party's Hawkins at 9% in Poll
Marshall Law, Ebola and Obama
Aquarium of Niagara Introduces Rescued Blind Pacific Harbor Seal Pup
Lewiston - Meet the Candidates Tues., Oct 21
State Park Making (bad) Changes, Not Improvements
TNR?Feral Cats Are Still Destructive Killers and Nuisance
Letters to the Editor
2015 Premier to Honor Seneca President Snyder, Dr. Ko
Tonawandas Chamber Honors DeGraff, Rambliní Lou, Saltarelli and Zonta Club
Deficit Jokes Leave Us With a Humor Deficit
Burley of Youngstown, Honored at National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service

Contact Info

©2014 The Niagara Falls Reporter Inc.
POB 3083, Niagara Falls, N.Y. 14304
Phone: (716) 284-5595

Publisher and Editor in Chief: Frank Parlato
Managing Editor: Dr. Chitra Selvaraj
Senior Editor: Tony Farina