September 2015 Column - 2016 County budget process focuses on ways to reduce taxes, save costs

I want to thank the directors and trustees from the East Aurora, Elma, Marilla and West Seneca libraries for taking the time to meet with me recently to review the unique problems they face, identify the issues that every branch shares, and to discuss current library operations and new initiatives underway. 


One problem area we all agreed needs to be visited during the budget process is how to increase hours at the branches, especially those in the suburbs and more rural towns. There are options we can explore to meet the needs of library patrons and hopefully fund for more hours


In all, the library directors I met with are reporting success with various programs and the introduction of new technology to assist the library in its mission.  Libraries are an integral part of our community, and changing with today’s way of life is critical for their growth. If you are on Facebook, each of the branches in my district now have active pages. Please “like” the library’s page and stay up to date on special events, fundraisers, programs and more. 


I’d also like to thank the staff at Taste in East Aurora for accommodating our meeting. Located at Riley and Main streets in the village, it’s a great coffee shop and cafe for anyone who has never stopped in.


In a few weeks, the Legislature will get our first look at the County Executive’s 2016 budget. I anticipate that his proposal will remain status quo, without any reliance on a tax increase. While this is good news, I would like to go one step further and provide another tax decrease to county residents. I plan to work towards a decrease just as I did last year. Prior to the Legislature voting on the final budget, we will host budget hearings with each department, ensuring that vital services are being funded while identifying any savings we can pass onto the taxpayer. As chairman of the Finance and Management Committee, I look forward to leading these discussions that will have a direct impact on your checkbook.


You also have an opportunity to speak on the proposed 2016 budget before it is finalized. A public hearing will be held in November and are all welcome to speak on the budget. I will be announcing the date as soon as it is set by the Clerk of the Legislature. You can also submit your comments to the Clerk of the Legislature at 92 Franklin St. Fourth Floor, Buffalo, NY 14202 or contact my office at 858-8922 or email to discuss your concerns.


I also wanted to remind pet owners that the final Free Rabies Clinic for dogs, cats and ferrets will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the Erie County Fire Training Academy, 3359 Broadway, near Union Road, Cheektowaga. Please contact my office with any questions. 

Legislator Lorigo

Phone: (716) 858-8922
Fax: (716) 858-8818

Legislator Joseph C. Lorigo - District 10
Old Erie County Hall
92 Franklin Street, 4th Floor
Buffalo, NY 14202