As we close the first quarter of 2016, Erie County is at a crossroads. The County Executive has put forward a costly agenda in his second term, requesting dozens of new jobs, millions of dollars in additional spending, and utilizing surplus funds to create long-term costs. We also have reports of declining sales tax revenue to the tune of $9 million under budget for 2015. Quite frankly, the budget surplus is not the positive picture that the County Executive is painting. It isn’t added cash, it’s simply money meant to be spent in 2015 that wasn’t spent.