Niagara Falls, N.Y. (WKBW) - Residents in Niagara Falls will get their first glimpse at that 2013 revised budget, which is very different from the original proposal.
Lawmakers said the revised budget would show substantial changes to Mayor Paul Dyster's original plan that focused on layoffs and an 8 percent tax hike. They said that the revised budget will bridge a $5 million budget gap and restore some jobs to people that were set to be laid off.
All union jobs will be saved. According to the union contract, the city can't legally hire temp workers to fill those positions in the same budget year that the workers were laid off.
Mayor Dyster's original budget proposal, which he called a "disaster" document planned for major cuts because of the lack of revenue from the Seneca Niagara Casino that they originally thought would be handed over to the city. We talked to both the Mayor and a City Council Member when the first proposal was released at the beginning of the month.
"That as unpalatable as some of the measures presented here may seem, the overall package is far better and less painful product that what we started with in late summer and early fall," Dyster said.
Council Member Charles Walker said the new proposal is an improvement.
"In talking with my colleagues we're determined to present a final budget that wouldn't have layoffs," Walker said.
The Seneca Nation of Indians withheld more than $58 million in slot machine revenues from the city. That money was budgeted to pay for road repairs and development. It was planned also to pay off the debt from the building of the police station and employees salaries.
The council will present this new budget proposal at 4 p.m. Stay tuned to Eyewitness news at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. to hear the latest.