Poloncarz Blasts Proposed County Budget

October 13, 2010 Updated Oct 13, 2010 at 12:25 PM EDT

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October 13, 2010 Updated Oct 13, 2010 at 12:25 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Erie County Comptroller Mark Poloncarz released his report on county executive Chris Collins' budget Wednesday, saying the budget is not balanced, not realistic and it targets political opponents.

Poloncarz, who is an opponent of county executive Collins, and his office will take a 36 percent cut under the proposed budget. The comptroller also says the budget relies on gimmicks, such as counting on Federal Medical Assistance payments totaling $13 million.

"The county executive said he was going to do a twenty percent across the board cut in the discretionary spending areas. He didn't even do that. He did twenty percent or greater of my office, thirty percent, thirty-six percent in areas he didn't like," said Poloncarz.

Erie County Budget Director Greg Gach defended the cuts saying, "He [Poloncarz] is not taking advantage of the technology advances that are out there that you need to do today. Everybody doesn't need a clerk or secretary to do their work."

Gach says the cuts are not politically motivated, adding that the budged also includes cuts to departments run by Chris Collins supporters.