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Erie County Budget Set for 2014

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Erie County Council has set its budget for 2014. It's coming in at $93,068, 934, and has something that the tax payers of Erie County, will be happy about.

"It's always a challenge, and this is the 4th year in a row now that we have been able to adopt a county budget without a tax increase," said Joe Giles, current Council President.

Giles said the "no tax increase" is thanks in large part to the employees of Erie County.

"They have worked for two years, back-to-back, without any increase in salary whatsoever. So I think the people in Erie should take pride in the sacrifice they have done."  
 
As part of next year's budget, those employees will be seeing a salary increase of 3%.

Council members left the meeting Tuesday satisfied with the budget. During the meeting, some organizations saw a change in funding they'll receive from the county. For the most part, council members said many of the organizations, appear to be satisfied as well.

While council members are very proud that they haven't raised taxes for the four years, Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper, is a little concerned.

"My problem with no tax increase is that we're paying for salaries out of the reserve fund and that is not a sound financial way to go forward," said Dahlkemper.

Council member Carol Loll, however, said there is a reason behind taking money out of the county's reserve account.

"We did that because we've got more of a reserve than what we're required to have. So it just kind of balances out in the end when we go to the taxpayers and don't have to raise taxes."

In 2014, Dahlkemper is inheriting what current County Executive Barry Grossman has set up. She said she's looking forward to setting her own for 2015.

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