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Dunkirk school tax levy may increase about 1 percent

April 11, 2014 A total tax levy increase of $91,338, or .95 percent, will be seen in the Dunkirk City School District’s 2014-15 budget if taxpayers within the district collectively vote in favor of it on May 20. more »»

Pointing the finger

April 10, 2014 OBSERVER Staff Report FORESTVILLE — Two of the debts driving the village of Forestville’s skyhigh proposed tax rate should not have been the responsibility of village taxpayers. more »»

Silver Creek board discusses what to do with added aid

April 10, 2014 SILVER CREEK — With the state legislature adding aid to schools, the Silver Creek Board of Education has a decision to make on whether to offset the tax levy or the use of reserves. more »»

HUD rules

April 10, 2014 It’s been a long time and the city of Dunkirk is still working on some changes to how it handles some federal funding. more »»

Woman, 19, sentenced in Irving fatal stabbing case

April 10, 2014 The first of two sentencings in the 2012 manslaughter case of 20-year-old Jesse Seneca of Irving took place Wednesday morning in Erie County Court in Buffal. more »»

Westfield fire determined intentional

April 10, 2014 WESTFIELD — Flames from intentionally ignited trash spread to an old apartment building early Wednesday morning in the village of Westfield. At around 1:45 a.m. more »»

Tax cap met in proposed Fredonia budget plan

April 9, 2014 Taxpayers in the Fredonia Central School District will see a total tax levy increase of $131,804 (. more »»

Cigarette smuggling rampant across state

April 9, 2014 Large differentials in cigarette taxes across the country have incentivized a startling and ever-increasing black market for illegal cigarettes across state line. more »»

Proposed 445 percent tax hike draws crowd

April 9, 2014 FORESTVILLE — Shocked residents crowded into the Forestville Village Board meeting to question the proposed 445 percent increase to the tax rate. more »»

Hole causes detour

April 9, 2014 You may have to adjust your travel plans for a while today as the city of Dunkirk Department of Public Works has announced a temporary closing of a portion of a major city thoroughfare. more »»

Former Red Wing president gives his take on closing

April 9, 2014 Since the announced closing of the Dunkirk and Fredonia Carriage House operations by owner ConAgra, speculation as to why and what could have prevented it have become a local pastime of sorts. more »»

Detour on Central Avenue in city

April 8, 2014 The city of Dunkirk Department of Public Works has announced a temporary closing of a portion of a major city thoroughfare. more »»

Committee hears some decent news

April 8, 2014 It wasn’t great news, but it wasn’t bad news either that the Dunkirk Common Council Finance Committee heard when it met Monday afternoon in City Hall. Mayor Anthony J. more »»

Silver Creek ‘trims fat,’ still over cap

April 8, 2014 SILVER CREEK — Although the Silver Creek Village Board reportedly “trimmed a lot of fat,” the tentative budget presented Monday was still over the 2 percent tax cap. more »»

EPIC expansion benefits seniors

April 8, 2014 An estimated 25,000 senior citizens across the state could benefit from increased funding within the New York state budget for the Elderly Pharmaceutical In-surance Coverage program. more »»

Safety vs. privacy

April 8, 2014 A proposed local law in the village of Fredonia may soon ban the use of rooftops on private property in any manner that puts the safety of anyone in jeopardy. more »»

Village of Gowanda addresses pothole problem

April 8, 2014 GOWANDA — The pothole problem in Gowanda was discussed at a recent village board workshop. more »»

Brocton takes early look at budget

April 7, 2014 BROCTON — An early look at the village of Brocton’s budget Wednes-day during a public hearing hints at a slight decrease in tax rates, but may still call for an increase in water and sewer rate. more »»

Cattaraugus County IDA gets clean fiscal bill of health

April 7, 2014 ELLICOTTVILLE — Despite some revenue numbers being lower in comparison to previous years, the Cattaraugus County Industrial Development Agency Board received a clean audit report. more »»

County at bottom of health rankings

April 7, 2014 Efforts to make Chau-tauqua County healthier are nothing new, but may be emphasized after recent reports placed the county among the worst in terms of state health rankings. more »»



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