BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Erie County Executive Chris Collins unveiled his proposed 2011 budget just before Noon Friday. Collins' proposed plan would not increase property taxes, but would lay off 223 people and cut funding to a number of smaller cultural institutions. Erie County Comptroller Mark Poloncarz says he would lose 35% of his staff under the proposal and says it would be the leanest staff since 1945.
"He's trying to kill the office of the watch dog," said Poloncarz. "He's going about it not on the ballot, but by destroying the department with people who actually do the work and that's the sad part."
Collins says other departments are also feeling the pinch including the departments of health, budget, law, and building and grounds. Collins said tough decision stem from a tough economy.
"My proposed budget respects taxpayer dollars and makes important investments in our future, while honoring today's commitments," said Collins.
The $1.4 billion budget will be presented to the Erie County Legislature later this month.