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Eight takeaways from Poloncarz's $1.53 billion budget proposal

Here are eight takeaways from Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz's $1.53 billion budget proposal for 2019:

Cybersecurity: $2.5 million to secure 911 emergency services, county networks and Central Police Services systems.

Public art: $350,000 for the proposed African-American veterans monument at Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park and monuments for Trailblazing Women of WNY.

Taxes: Property tax rate would drop by 9 cents, the biggest decrease in more than a decade.

Roads: $32.8 million would be spent to improve county roads and bridges, slightly less than this year.

Parks: New deputy commissioner for recreation among four new jobs in Parks Department.

Juvenile crime: With 16-year-olds no longer automatically tried as adults, 23 new positions slotted for Youth and Probation departments to deal with more teens expected in Family Court and Youth Detention Center.

Bills stadium: $2 million for ongoing improvements to New Era Field.

Health and welfare: New mobile services van would bring services and information to rural towns from Social Services, Senior Services and Health departments, and Veterans Service Agency.

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