Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon is pleased to announce that the Legislature has supported her request for additional funding for Penn Dixie in the 2015 Erie County budget. The Legislature approved $10,000 at today’s annual Budget Meeting bringing the total to $92,800 to support Penn Dixie’s programs, events and operations.
“Today’s restoration of funding brings Penn Dixie back to the 2014 level and supports its continued efforts to provide a unique experience to visitors from around the world. Ranked the number 1 Fossil Park in the United States, Penn Dixie is a truly one of the jewels of our community. I want to thank my colleagues for supporting this tourism site and recognizing its value,” said Legislator Dixon.
"Penn Dixie thanks the Erie County Legislators for restoring the $10,000 cut from the proposed 2015 County budget, thus restoring the funding to the 2013 and 2014 levels. This funding is important to thousands of the Legislators' constituents who attend on-site and off-site natural science programs that provide a hands-on experience in exploration, investigation, discovery, inquiry, and interpretation in the sciences. This funding helps provide affordable programs for students, scouts, families, day care centers, libraries and others throughout Erie County. Penn Dixie, a 54-acre site in Hamburg, is expanding existing and new outreach programs for all ages, backgrounds, physically and mentally challenged, and visitors to Erie County. Penn Dixie is the only facility in our region that provides the opportunity to visitors to collect an keep all the fossils they find and also experience astronomy, birding, wetland, summer day camps and other natural science programs," said Jerold Bastedo, Penn Dixie Executive Director.
The budgetary process allows the County Executive to veto spending increases made by the Legislature, which then votes to override or accept the veto. Legislator Dixon urges the County Executive to withhold his veto power and allow this important funding in next year’s budget.
It is important to note that the funding was added into the 2015 budget without raising the bottom line, in fact the Legislature lowered the property tax rate. Legislator Dixon encourages the County Executive to support the funding.
For information or assistance, please contact Legislator Dixon’s Legislative Office at (716) 858-8671 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.