Chautauqua County Legislator Dennis Goggin, R-Clymer, has submitted a letter of resignation, but it will not be acted on yet.
The letter is to be held for at least another week until Goggin, whose Erie, Pa.-based Marine Corps Reserve unit has been called to active duty, knows better how long he will have to serve.
The Clymer Republican wants to retain his Legislature seat if he will serve for only a few weeks. Legislator Alfred Jones, R-Mayville, the GOP caucus leader, said if Goggin has to serve for several months, he will step down.
Jones and other lawmakers will be able to serve Goggin's constituents if they have problems or questions, but the vacancy is creating a problem for the Republican caucus.
Minority Democrats oppose a 1991 budget proposal passed by the Finance Committee because it carries a 14 percent tax increase. Without Goggin's vote, the Legislature would be unlikely to adopt the spending package. In that case, County Executive Andrew Goodell's budget will automatically take effect Dec. 20.