BUFFALO, NY - Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz released his proposed budget for 2017 fiscal year on Friday.
Poloncarz called it the "steady as she goes" budget, adding that he wants to continue the success of the last few years.
The plan includes a reduced property tax rate (down two-cents from $4.96 per thousand dollars of assessed value to $4.94). Erie County will once again be under the state imposed Tax Cap for 2017.
The plan also calls for $55.6 million for infrastructure improvements, including $23.9 million for road and bridge work; over $469,000 in new funding for the Buffalo and Erie County Library; an increase of $1 million in capital funding for the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center; $225,00 in additional funds for arts and cultural organizations; and $500,000 for anti-poverty initiatives.