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Jobs funding for young people is extended, but with a 5% cut

The Genesee County Legislature on Wednesday approved continuing a more than decade-old pact to fund a Business Education Alliance that helps young people find jobs.

The BEA, an arm of the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, will receive $3,452 in 2012, a drop of 5 percent from last year and a sharp decrease from the $5,000 a year that it received when it began.

Several agencies have incurred cuts in recent years as the county has struggled with budget demands.

The alliance provides services and programs to promote a partnership among businesses and schools to improve education and students' employment readiness.

The Legislature also authorized the purchase of a hot water heater for the Genesee County Nursing Home from T. Bell Construction Corp. of Rochester for $102,800. The purchase was budgeted by the facility, which has annual losses and is undergoing a study to reduce its impact on county spending.

In other action, the legislators:

*Approved a local law setting the salaries for the county's four coroners. Each will receive $3,000 a year plus $35 per call and a mileage allowance.

*Appointed Jocelyn Sikorski as executive director of the City-County Youth Bureau. She will succeed Deborah Kerr-Rosenbeck, who retired in February.

*Allocated $35,000 from a federal grant to the Board of Elections for printing 2012 ballots.

*Accepted state Health Department funding of $30,000 for an action plan to support local immunization services.