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Poloncarz announces $2.5 million projected surplus for 2014 after expenditure amendments

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said Thursday that the county will end 2014 with a $2.5 million surplus after specific expenditure amendments proposed by the administration are approved by the Legislature.

The amendments would allow for part of the 2014 year-end fund balance to be reappropriated to the 2015 budget, including about $2.3 million for road salt, asphalt and labor expenses in the county’s highway division.

“Prudent budgeting and aggressive scrutiny of expenses are essential to conducting government in a way that is lean, efficient and responsive to residents’ needs,” Poloncarz said in a prepared statement Thursday.

“We are doing that with Erie County’s $1.4 billion budget and, for the third year in a row, we anticipate closing out the fiscal year with a small surplus,” he added.

Other re-appropriations from the 2014 year-end surplus to the 2015 budget would allocate $9,500 for new equipment in the County Comptroller’s office and provide an additional $92,863 in funding for the domestic violence program in the District Attorney’s office. In addition, $300,000 would go for the purchase of new books and equipment at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, along with more than $146,000 in allocations to the Department of Social Services and $30,300 to repair vehicles owned by the Sheriff’s office.

Two weeks ago, County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw projected that the county would close the 2014 books with a $9.4 million surplus, a third of which he recommended be invested in improvements at the Buffalo Museum of Science and in capital costs for a new children’s museum at Canalside.