Erie County’s executive and comptroller agree the county has a more than $40 million surplus, but can’t get together on the proper use for it.
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,”