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Legislature Chair Barbara Miller-Williams Reaffirms County Commitment to the Library
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Legislature Chair Barbara Miller-Williams Reaffirms County Commitment to the Library

 Buffalo, NY –  Erie County Legislature Chair Barbara Miller-Williams (D-Buffalo, 3rd District) reaffirmed her personal commitment to the libraries today. 

 “The funding of the library system is vital to the economic vitality of Erie County.  I, for one, am committed to moving the process forward and making sure we fund the libraries to the fullest extent possible,” Miller-Williams said.  “there is a process that guides us when we are spending county money and we have to make sure we are completely accountable to the taxpayers of the county.  Right now the process is running its course and I feel confident that the funding for Library will be dedicated to them before the end of the year.”

 At yesterday’s meeting of the Cultural Enrichment Committee Library Board members and staff were present to answer questions about the $3 million allocation that the County Executive has proposed and the Legislature is currently considering.  The Legislators present were asking detailed questions of the Library representatives about the differences in proposed hours of operation and staffing levels in the current resolution versus testimony that was given at the Budget Hearings in October.

 “As elected members of the Legislature it is our job to ask the important questions about how money we allocate to any organization will be spent.  I am 100% committed to making sure the Libraries are funded – but I also believe in the process and want to make sure it is followed before we approve any allocation of money.”  Miller-Williams explained.

 Also at yesterday’s committee meeting Robert Gioia of the Oishei Foundation was on hand to talk about his proposal to create a public-private partnership to allocate money to the various cultural organizations.  The organizations to be considered were excluded in next year’s budget by the County Executive and the Republicans.

 “Again, we have a process to follow.  With regards to the culturals we have not yet seen the proposal to include $100,000 of county money and we were asking for the details on the match of private dollars for funding the cultural organizations.  It is our job as Legislators to ask tough questions, the process is not always easy – but it is vital for true transparency and accountability.”  Miller-Williams said.

 

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