Erie County legislators and County Executive Gorski are not seeing eye to eye as lawmakers face a midnight deadline to adopt a 1991 county budget.
Gorski is steamed over the reworked executive budget that the legislature's Budget Committee unanimously approved late Friday.
That $911.7 million spending plan, which includes $1.2 million in new spending, has Gorski sharpening his veto pencil.
"It's safe to say there will be some vetoes if they approve that budget," Gorski said Monday.
"They've done some very unwise things and I don't like them," he added. "They've raided accounts and shifted funds in ways that don't make good sense."
Gorski declined to list specific concerns with the revised budget. But sources said Monday that the county executive is unhappy about lawmakers considering more than $1 million in cuts to the original budget that would be neutralized by new spending.
The Budget Committee's version of the Gorski budget shaves $79,386 from the new Sports Development Fund and $100,000 from the Law Department's Risk Insurance Fund.
It also makes room for additional 1991 spending by transferring $850,000 from this year's budget to pay for a portion of next year's debt-service expenses.
On the spending side, the budget the legislators are considering includes an extra $128,696 for the Buffalo Zoo, $75,000 for Mercy Flight, $50,000 in seed money for completion of the Scajaquada Pathway, $72,500 for five additional school health nurses and an extra $63,000 for Catholic Charities youth programs.
Budget Committee Chairman Leonard R. Lenihan and Democratic lawmakers spent most of the day at an undisclosed location fine-tuning that plan. It's expected that their final version will include an additional $100,000 in spending.
The document, approved unanimously Friday by the four Democrats and three Republicans on the Budget Committee, totals $2.5 million less than Gorski's $913 million proposal.
It also incorporates almost all of the $1.3 million in last-minute cuts that Gorski has recommended to offset expected reductions in state aid for the coming year.
Also Monday, four minority legislators took the wraps off their package of amendments to Gorski's budget. The changes knock off $6.5 million in proposed spending via sweeping changes in county operations.
Chief among the money-saving tactics is the elimination of 84 filled positions, including Gorski's $26,000-a-year driver. The Republicans also proposed the dismantling of the county's Finance Department, transferring a bulk of the duties to the county comptroller's office.
They also are seeking to create two oversight posts to further reduce county spending -- an Office of Welfare Inspector General and an absentee control officer.
The minority members also advocate creation of a county motor pool to eliminate the practice of vehicles assigned to certain officials and workers on a 24-hour basis.
Lancaster Republican Ralph M. Mohr, a member of the Legislature's Budget Committee, said the minority package picks up where the panel's revisions left off.
"This further reduces the tax rate and streamlines county government operations," he said.
Mohr was joined by Minority Leader Mary Lou Rath of Williamsville, Michael H. Ranzenhofer of Amherst and Frederick M. Marshall of East Aurora in presenting the Republican fiscal package.
On Friday, Buffalo Republican Joan K. Bozer offered amendments of her own, which included a plan to raise more than $3 million in new revenues by charging a fee to all municipalities that rely on the Erie County Sheriff's Department because they lack a local police department.
She also advocates across-the-board aid increases for cultural organizations and additional school nurses.