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Chairperson Grant Announces Schedule of Mid-Year County Budget Hearings


            Erie County Legislature Chairperson Betty Jean Grant (D-Buffalo) has announced that the Finance and Management Committee will conduct its annual mid-year budget hearings Monday through Wednesday, July 15-17, in the Legislature Chambers on the Fourth Floor of Old County Hall, 92 Franklin Street, Buffalo.

            The Finance and Management Committee is chaired by Legislator Timothy R. Hogues (D-Buffalo), and Legislator Lynn M. Marinelli (D-Buffalo, Tonawanda) serves as the vice chair. The other members of the committee are Legislator Thomas A. Loughran (D-Amherst), Minority Leader Legislator John Mills (R-Orchard Park) and Legislator Kevin Hardwick (R-Tonawanda).

            The schedule for the budget hearings is:

            Monday, July 15 – Overview by the County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz administration, 9:30 a.m.; County Attorney, 10:30 a.m.; Comptroller, 11 a.m.; County Clerk, 11:30 a.m.; Mental Health, 1 p.m.; Health Department, 1:30 p.m.; Social Services, 2:30 p.m.

            Tuesday, July 16 – District Attorney, 9 a.m.; Sheriff, 9:30 a.m.; Probation, 10:30 a.m.; Central Police Services, 11 a.m.; Board of Elections, 1 p.m.; Parks and Recreation, 1:30 p.m.; Senior Services, 2:30 p.m.

            Wednesday, July 17 – Public Works, 9 a.m.; Emergency Services, 10 a.m.; Environment and Planning, 10:30 a.m.; Division of Information and Support Services, 11 a.m.; Purchasing, 11:30 a.m.; Equal Employment Opportunity/Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise, noon; Library, 1:30 p.m.; Personnel, 2 p.m.

            Friday, July 19 – Reserved for callbacks.

            Chairperson Grant has formally requested specific information from Erie County departments for the hearings: personnel positions authorized in each department for fiscal year (FY) 2013, with corresponding vacancies for each department; savings attributed to vacancies by department, along with statements of vacancy savings to date; current SAP runs reflecting the current state of each department’s spending, highlighting any account that is spent down more than 50 percent, with the departmental representatives providing explanations of whether or not spending will exceed the budget amount for their 2013 appropriation; current SAP runs reflecting each revenue account, highlighting any accounts that have not achieved 33 percent, with department representatives providing explanations of whether or not the projected revenues will be achieved in 2013.

            The public is welcome to attend the County Legislature’s mid-year budget hearings.