Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Unanimous support for the measure to add money to the budget to keep the college fiscally sound
Buffalo, NY – At a session of the Erie County Legislature yesterday Democrats and Republicans came together to signal their unanimous support that the operating budget for Erie Community College should be increased.
Today's resolution passed unanimously and asks that the County Executive to consider increasing the County's share of funding for the College by at least $750,000. An amendment to the resolution added that the additional funds should be added only if they will not result in an increase in property taxes for county residents.
"Today's vote shows that this body recognizes ECC as a real asset to the community. We were able to work collaboratively today to assure the long term financial stability of our Community College," stated Thomas Loughran (D-Amherst, 14th District) who is the Chair of the Cultural Enrichment Committee.
"I think it's fair to go on record to ask the County Executive to add money to the operating budget of ECC", said Legislator Lynn Marinelli (D-Tonawanda, 11th District) "we know the vital role it plays in the County's economic development portfolio."
The resolution will now go to the desk of Chris Collins, Erie County Executive, for his consideration as he submits the budget for ECC that is due to the Legislature by June 1st.
"The State is proposing to cut their contribution to ECC by 15.5% and that will have a significant impact on the financial health of the college if they have to use reserves to fill the budget gap," explained Legislator Maria Whyte (D-Buffalo, 6th District). "We want to be as proactive as possible to assure the continued financial strength of the College, recognizing it as a vehicle by which so many in our community are able to escape poverty by obtaining a quality education."
After the County Executive submits his budget for ECC the Legislature will hold several meetings and a public hearing to consider the budget and the County's role as the primary sponsor of the College for the upcoming year.