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County Executive unveils 2017 budget proposal, calls it "steady as she goes" plan

Posted at 12:35 PM, Oct 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-14 12:35:33-04

County Executive Mark Poloncarz called his 2017 budget proposal a "common sense" plan, totaling a less than one percent increase over last year's budget.

The 2017 budget is a .69% increase over last year's, amounting to a General Fund of $1,454,648,305. 

Highlights of the 2017 budget include:

  • $4 million increase over 2016 for capital projects like road and bridge improvements; purchasing new equipment like plows
  • Increase in operational funding for Buffalo and Erie County Public Library by $469,483
  • $500,000 for anti-poverty initiatives
  • Continue funding to redevelop Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna to attract new manufacturing
  • Provide funds for senior citizen transport through the "Going Places" program
  • $80,000 for youth educational, anti-crime, learning and cultural development in cities and towns across Erie County
  • 2-cent property tax decrease