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County Legislature Schedules Mid-Year Budget Hearings July 16-18, 20


                The Erie County Legislature will conduct its annual Mid-Year Budget Hearings on the 2012 Erie County budget starting Monday, July 16, in the Legislature Chambers on the Fourth Floor of Old County Hall, 92 Franklin Street, Buffalo.

                The County Legislature, led by Chairperson Betty Jean Grant (D-Buffalo), will bring in department heads and other representatives of Erie County operations to discuss how the 2012 budgets are being spent, what their projections are for the remainder of the year and if there are circumstances under which revisions should be considered.

                “The mid-year budget hearings are a very important part of the County Legislature’s financial deliberations, providing oversight and guidance to commissioners and department heads for not only 2012 operations but for planning for 2013,” Chairperson Grant said. “If corrective measures are needed to make certain that departments function properly within their budgets, we can make them based on sound financial reason through the information provided at these hearings.”

                The County Legislature is requesting that the commissioners and department heads provide financial information in writing preceding the budget hearings. This information includes personnel positions approved for 2012 and corresponding vacancies, savings attributed to vacancies by department, reports reflecting the current state of each department’s spending and current statements of revenue accounts.

                “I look forward to working with Chairperson Grant and the county commissioners and department heads to continue our due diligence working to operate Erie County in the best financial manner possible,” Legislator Timothy R. Hogues (D-Buffalo), chair of the Finance and Management Committee, said. “The mid-year budget hearings are not only helpful in overseeing operations and planning, they provide vital transparency to county residents.”  

                The schedule for the mid-year budget hearings is:


Monday,                                  Administration - Overview                                                9:30 to 10:30 AM

July 16, 2012                           County Attorney                                                             10:30 to 11:00 AM

                                                    Comptroller                                                             11:00 to 11:30 AM

                                                    County Clerk                                                           11:30 AM to 12 PM

                                                    Health Department                                                   1:30 to 2:30 PM

                                                    Social Services                                                          2:30 to 3:30 PM


Tuesday,                                  District Attorney                                                            9:00 to 9:30 AM

July 17, 2012                           Sheriff                                                                         9:30 to 10:30 AM

                                                    Probation                                                               10:30 to 11:00 AM

                                                    Central Police Services                                             11:00 to 11:30 AM

                                                    Board of Elections                                                    1:00 to 1:30 PM

                                                    Parks & Recreation                                                   1:30 to 2:30 PM

                                                    Senior Services                                                        2:30 to 3:00 PM

                                                    Environment & Planning                                            3:00 to 3:30 PM


Wednesday,                          Public Works                                                                   9:00 to 10:00 AM

July 18, 2012                           Emergency Services                                                    10:00 to 10:30 AM

                                                    DISS                                                                     11:00 to 11:30 AM

                                                    Purchasing                                                             11:30 to 12 PM

                                                    Library                                                                   12 PM to 12:30 PM


Friday,                                      RESERVED FOR CALLBACKS

July 20, 2012