Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Youth and senior organizations to receive additional funding for this coming year
Erie County, NY - Erie County Legislators Kevin Hardwick, D- City of Tonawanda, and Lisa Chimera, D- Town of Tonawanda, are pleased to announce additional funding for the greater Tonawanda community in the 2020 Erie County Budget which was approved by the Legislature on December 5th.
The 2020 Erie County budget contains another decrease in the county’s overall tax rate which builds on the Democratic majority’s cut last year, while increasing money for roads and infrastructure improvements. It also includes vital funding for various community and cultural organizations along with funding for urban initiatives and public safety upgrades in the Erie County Sheriff’s department.
“Roadwork in the town of Tonawanda has always been a priority of mine, and it will continue to be. This year, I was able to secure an additional $250,000 for the City of Tonawanda as well. I am equally proud of both of these measures as it shows our commitment to the individual needs of all Erie County municipalities,” said Legislator Hardwick.
• $600,000 in additional funding for maintenance of highways and supplies
• $250,000 for City of Tonawanda
• $16,500 for the Boys and Girls Club of the Northtowns
• $16,000 for the Ken-Ton Closet
• $6,000 for the Ken-Ton Chamber of Commerce
• $3,000 for Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels
• $3,000 for Kenmore Village Improvement Society
Legislator Chimera noted that, “It is vitally important that we maintain the important services people rely on in Erie County while also providing funding for outside organizations that do so much great work in our communities. I am proud of my first county budget that reflects our priorities like maintaining infrastructure, ensuring public safety, and funding important community groups.”
Legislator Hardwick secured over $17,000 in funding for City of Tonawanda organizations including the City of Tonawanda Police, Fire Department, Youth Board, Senior Center, and Volunteer Fire Department in addition to the urban initiative funding. “City residents also pay county taxes, and I’m grateful my Legislature colleagues agreed with allocating county funding equally for the greatest benefit,” he added.