City of Tonawanda

The Common Council on Tuesday adopted Mayor Ronald J. Pilozzi’s budget that will increase the property tax rate 0.39 percent under a $19.8 million spending plan for 2014.

The tax rate will go up 7 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation to $16.68 from the current $16.61 per $1,000 tax rate. That will raise the annual taxes on a $100,000 home in the city by $7. The tax levy under the 2014 budget will be just over $10 million, an decrease of 0.4 percent over last year’s levy.

A week earlier, Charles M. Gilbert, the winner of this month’s general election for First Ward Councilmember, was returned to the Council to fill the vacancy left by Heather D. Little. He will be sworn in again in January to begin his term.

Also this week:

• The Board of Education will host a workshop session on Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., at Tonawanda High/Middle School, 600 Fletcher St.

• Nominations for the 2014 Tonawanda High School Distinguished Alumni award are now being accepted. The deadline to submit a nomination is Jan. 17, 2014 with a ceremony scheduled for May 16, 2014. Nomination forms can be found online at