April 10, 2012
A new four-year financial plan for Erie County has been released by County Executive Mark Poloncarz. The former county comptroller says the document is designed to more accurately reflect expenses and revenues from the previous proposals by former County Executive Chris Collins.
While Collins called for numerous job cuts, Poloncarz holds the line on county employment. The proposal calls for a seven percent increase in employment expenses by 2015, but also projects the reduction in the work force of about 50 jobs through attrition.
An increase in property tax revenues is expected during the four-year period, and the document proposes an increase of one percent per year in funding for the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library system.
Not included in the four-year plan are expenses from new union contracts, nor possible expenses the county will face in negotiating a new lease with the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The current lease ends in July 2013.