Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — “You’re not paying for (NTCC’s services), it’s the guy from Indiana who’s paying for it,” Murphy said. “It does no good to be divided, I think.”
Percy said the loss of Lockport’s bed tax money would equal an almost 5 percent income loss for NTCC, which is still reeling from the loss of about $1 million a year in Seneca Niagara casino profit sharing. The agency gets a cut of the City of Niagara Falls’ annual profit share, which has been withheld the past three years while the state and the Seneca Nation litigate over gaming rights.
NTCC’s 2013 operating budget is $2.1 million, or $900,000 less than in 2008. It made up the loss of casino cash by layoffs and pay cuts for remaining staff, as well as scaled-back programming.