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Erie County budget surplus grows by $9 million in first half of the year

Sales tax revenue continues to exceed expectations in Erie County, contributing to a $9.6 million budget surplus through June, according to the county budget office. The sunny budget disposition stands in stark contrast to this same time last year, when the county was looking at a budget shortfall of $7 million.

County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said the 6.73 percent sales tax growth for the second quarter of this year represents the best single-quarter growth in a decade.

"Continued savings in Erie County Medicaid costs and fringe benefits, combined with that greater-than-expected sales tax growth, has us feeling confident about our approach to maintaining a conservative county budget and strongly reaffirms our close stewardship of Erie County’s finances,” Poloncarz said in a statement.

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