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Legislators request designated, available funds be invested into County roads


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Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon has announced that funding to improve the Buffalo and Erie County Botanicals Gardens was approved at today’s Economic Development Committee. The resolution approving the funding will be confirmed by the...

Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon presented a proclamation to Denice Morrison, the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal at the March 12, 2015 session. This year marks the 75th parade, which will be held at 2 p.m. on...

Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo and Legislator Lynne Dixon said they learned through social media that a recommendation for the commissioner of the Department of Social Services had been made. The County Executive announced...

Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon announces that Erie County’s Department of Public Works has added an email for residents to report a pothole. The email is in addition to a complaint tip line, (716) 858-7966, where residents can leave a...

Thanks to a partnership between Albright Knox Art Gallery and Erie County, thousands of educational art kits are being delivered to local middle schools. On Friday, March 6, 2015, Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon joined Frontier Middle School...

Minority Leader John Mills and Legislators Lynne Dixon, Joseph Lorigo, Kevin Hardwick and Edward Rath, members of the Erie County Legislature’s Minority Caucus, are again urging the County Executive to release road funds that he has refused to spend while road conditions worsen throughout the County. The Legislators pointed out that more than $1 million is available in the Transfer Tax Fund, which is designated solely for road work, but the administration has allowed it to sit idly while roads crumble.  

The County Executive’s Administration has previously stated that the Transfer Tax Funds would not be spent this year because of concerns that revenue would fall short of its projected total. At the end of last week, the County Executive announced that $720,000 in unanticipated revenue was transferred to the general fund from the Fiscal Stability Authority [Control Board]. The Minority Caucus added that with the delivery of these funds, the County Executive should unlock his hold on the Transfer Tax Funds and immediately designate them to repair roads. The Legislators share the same frustration with many residents who use county roads daily and are asking that infrastructure maintenance and repairs be made a priority. With the unexpected additional revenue, the County Executive must reevaluate his stance on holding the Transfer Tax Funds and utilize the money for its intended purpose and provide safe roadways for residents and visitors. Allowing roads and bridges to further deteriorate will cost the county much more in the future. The Legislature recently concluded its mid-year budget hearings and it was reported that the county is operating below budget, recording a surplus. Any further delay would cost the county the entire construction season.