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County executive Chris Collins touted the accomplishment during his State of the County address, proud of the fact that the county’s budgeting turned stimulus funds into extra revenue instead of a stop gap measure.
“Every penny of federal stimulus Medicaid relief was added to the multi-million dollar operating surplus we generated by running Erie County like a business, focused on taxpayers and implementing Lean Six Sigma across all county departments. That is not the story in other counties across New York state, where they struggle with multi-million dollar deficits, double-digit tax increases, one-shot revenue enhancers and the sale of tax liens,” Collins said.