Erie County Budget

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz unveiled his $1.47 billion budget for 2021 Thursday, calling it the toughest one he's ever crafted, as the county addresses a loss in sales tax revenue brought on by COVID and pandemic-related economic shutdowns.

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He wouldn't say whether it will include layoffs or furloughs, but Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz's plan to address a budget deficit is expected to include some cuts and use of fund balance dollars when it's delivered Thursday morning to the Legislature.

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Erie County has a budget for next year, with more money for roads and bridges, county jobs, aid for city streets and no full-time SWAT team for the Sheriff's Department.

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Erie County's property tax rate will drop in the budget proposed Tuesday by county executive Mark Poloncarz, who is running for re-election against county legislator Lynne Dixon.

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The new county 2019 budget has been signed by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. But the county's comptroller is blasting the spending plan.

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The annual public hearing is perhaps the most high-profile event in Erie County's budget process. The session Tuesday drew another large crowd as interested parties shared their views of the spending plan prepared by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

Poloncarz unveils proposed 2018 county budget

Oct 16, 2017
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The 2018 budget proposed by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz cuts the county's property tax rate by one penny to $4.94 per $1,000 of assessed value.

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The proposed 2017 Erie County budget released Friday morning by County Executive Mark Poloncarz funds mandates while increasing allocations to art and cultural organizations and invests in anti-poverty initiatives, while offering a small decrease in average property tax rates.

For the fourth year in a  row, Erie County ended the year with a budget surplus, according to County Executive Mark Poloncarz. He announced the county's $1.7 billion budget ended 2015 with a positive variance of more than $18 million and an increase in the county’s general fund of $7.64 million.

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“Quick and painless” is how legislators described the final approval process for the 2016 Erie County Budget. Residents can expect to see a decrease in taxes for the second year in a row and more funding for the fight against the county’s growing epidemic of drug abuse.

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It represents a spending increase of less than one percent from the previous budget year and holds the line on property tax rates. But the 2016 budget proposal released Thursday by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz still raises questions and concerns by some.

When he first took office as Erie County Comptroller nearly ten years ago, he faced the task of watching finances of a government that had gained notoriety for its "red budget, green budget" finances. Now the Erie County Executive, Mark Poloncarz is celebrating the county's A+ grading by a prominent financial institution.

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The biggest single source of cash for Erie County appears to be having a hiccup and Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw says it's probably because of the declining Canadian dollar.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is out with a nearly $30 million road and bridge plan for the 2015 construction season, that's more than $8 million over what is included in the county budget.


The Erie County Legislature holds its annual budget meeting today in an effort to approve a 2015 spending plan for the county. 

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Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo tells WBFO that lawmakers will be investigating the possibility of a tax cut for the coming fiscal year.  Lorigo's comments follow the release of Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz' 2015 spending proposal.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says his proposed budget maintains and enhances the county's quality-of-life services and programs.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is praising fellow Democrats in the Legislature majority for approving the 2014 county budget by a 6-5 vote Tuesday.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says he is submitting a budget for next year with a steady property tax rate that cuts a few jobs, puts more money into the arts and library, and sets up an economic development office in Toronto.


Legislative action on the 2013 Erie County budget is complete.  A coalition of five Republicans and one Democrat pushed through spending cuts that eliminated the tax increase that County Executive Mark Poloncarz had recommended in his proposed budget.  WBFO's Mark Scott has more with Buffalo News Suburban Editor Bruce Andriatch in this week's Press Pass.

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A proposed property tax increase was removed in the adoption of the Erie County budget Tuesday night by the county legislature.  Making big cuts in County Executive Mark Poloncarz' proposed spending plan, an alliance of six legislators tossed out the tax increase.

Major changes are apparently on the way for County Executive Poloncarz's budget for next year.

Vote approaching on county tax hike

Dec 3, 2012

Ahead of Tuesday's vote on the budget, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is calling on the legislature to reject amendments being put forth by the minority caucus.

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Again this year, the annual public hearing on the proposed Erie County budget was dominated by cultural agencies and the library system.

Public input sought on county budget

Nov 19, 2012

The budget proposed by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz would increase taxes by 3.4 percent, but critics say any tax increase is unacceptable. It's not too late for taxpayers to weigh in.

Poloncarz budget includes 3.4% property tax hike

Oct 15, 2012
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Property owners in Erie County may be paying higher taxes in the coming year. The 2013 budget proposed by County Executive Mark Poloncarz boosts spending by 2.1 percent and increases taxes by 3.4 percent.

Poloncarz told reporters Monday the county is facing a perfect storm of increased costs and declining revenues.

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In issuing a mid-year budget warning, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz indicated that everything will need to be on the table as the county faces more than $50-million in unanticipated costs.

"We are facing siginfican difficulties," said Poloncarz.

Poloncarz is concerned about property assessments and a potential  drop in sales tax revenues.  But will taxpayers see a future property tax hike...

"So I'm leaving everything on the table.  I'm not saying there will be a tax increase, but  I think everything has to be left on the table," said Poloncarz.

County executive issues mid-year budget warning

Jul 16, 2012
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The Erie County Executive issued a mid-year budget warning Monday morning.   Mark Poloncarz says his administration hase discovered more than $50 million in unanticipated costs.

Most notably, Poloncarz described the tens of millions of dollars of unbudgeted healthcare payments that must be made to the Erie County Medical Center Corporation. 

Former county executive Chris Collins previously reached an agreement with ECMC, claiming the county was out of the hospital business. Poloncarz said that is not true.

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The Erie County Legislature approved the 2012 County budget and it restores funding to many smaller cultural and arts agencies.

The spending plan restores more than $900,000 to smaller arts organizations, including area theatres, galleries and other cultural organizations.  Funding to those groups had been cut by outgoing Erie County Executive Chris Collins in favor of dedicating resources to what he had identified as 10 regionally significant organizations.