Modified: January 4, 2019 1:05pm
(Erie County, NY) At today’s legislative session, the Erie County Legislature voted 8-3 to approve the amended 2019 Erie County Budget. Features of the budget include the largest tax rate cut in more than a decade, increases in funding for roadwork and improvements, and $1.6 million in strategic investment for non-profit and cultural organizations in every corner of Erie County.
“We crafted this budget amendment to reflect the values of the residents of Erie County,” said Erie County Legislature Chair Peter Savage. “We were committed to spending the public’s money wisely and easing their tax burden. At the same time, we increased funding for things that improve our quality of life. I am proud that I was able to deliver additional funds to Erie Community College, and for much-needed road improvements and repairs. I believe this budget will strengthen our community and position us for a better future.”
“I am pleased with this budget,” said Erie County Legislature Majority Leader April N.M. Baskin. “I am thrilled to have supported the cap increase in Youth Summer Primetime funding, and I am excited to see support for worthwhile organizations, such as PUSH Buffalo, in the budget for the first time. In order for our region to move forward, we have to serve the needs of every community.”
“Service has been the cornerstone of my public and professional life,” noted 1st District Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams. “I am proud that I was able to secure additional funds for the African American Cultural Center, the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park and the City Mission. Our community values the sacrifices of those who have served our country, and the City of Good Neighbors always looks out for its most vulnerable persons.”
Patrick Burke, 7th District Legislator, stated his priorities for the budget were “Making sure that we delivered for families and children.” He fought for increased funding for youth sports and community centers. “This is a budget that ensures Erie County will remain a great place to raise a family.”
John Bruso, Legislator from the 8th District, stated “The additional money for roads and other public works projects will benefit the constituents of my district. Knowing that the extensive network of county roads in my area will be well-maintained is important to me and to the members of our community. This is a budget that is beneficial to urban, suburban, and rural parts of Erie County alike.”