Ownership and Maintenance
Streetlights in the Town of Tonawanda are owned and maintained by the Town. On your Town of Tonawanda property tax bill you will see a line item reflecting your property's streetlight tax and reflects your share of the cost to maintain the streetlights and pay for their energy use. New York State law determines the policies, while cities, towns and villages cover the cost by general tax levy.

Report a Street Light Concern
If you notice a street light that needs attention, you can use the Town of Tonawanda Streetlight Outage Reporting Form

To Form a Lighting District

To form a lighting district, use the following steps:

  • Citizens express their desire to form a lighting district in their neighborhood
  • A neighborhood representative conducts a preliminary survey with materials provided by the town to determine if there is neighborhood interest in the project
  • Should there be enough interest based on this survey, the Town Legal Department proceeds with a formal petition
  • A 51% of assessed value majority is needed
  • A public hearing is held by the Town Board
  • A decision is then made whether to proceed or not

If the proposal passes, a “Consolidated Lighting District” item is added to your property tax bill that represents yearly energy and maintenance expenses. An approximate tax rate is $2.05 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

The town then proceeds to design and complete the project. The location of the streetlights to be installed will be determined at this stage.

Contact Us
For more information please contact the Engineering Department at (716) 877-8805

Additional Information on Street Lights

Types of lighting systems include:

  1. General Highway (Boulevard) District – This district includes all main thoroughfares in various areas of the town such as Sheridan Drive, Colvin Boulevard, Delaware Avenue, Military Avenue, Niagara Falls Boulevard and the like. Street light costs are borne by all town residents.
  2. Kenilworth - This residential district is bounded by Niagara Falls Boulevard, Kenmore Avenue, Montrose Avenue and Chalmers Avenue.
  3. Consolidated Districts – Formerly 114 residential districts, except Kenilworth, these were merged in 1999. Streetlight costs are borne by each district.