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Sales tax revenue boosts projects

Andy Ouriel • Mar 31, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Erie County commissioners approved their budget — but not before pinpointing where an extra $7.2 million in extra sales tax money would be spent:

•$1.5 million: pay off existing debt, totaling $93 million entering 2014. Commissioners originally proposed they spend about $3 million to pay off existing debt. Pat Shenigo supports this while Tom Ferrell and Bill Monaghan oppose it.

•$600,000: various renovations at the Erie County Common Pleas Courthouse.

•$600,000: upgrade heating, cooling and ventilation systems at Erie County Services Center.

•$400,000: resurface drives and parking lots at services center and Erie County jail.

•$300,000: set aside in a contingency account to pay for any unexpected increases in costs, such as health care.

•$200,000: given to Erie County Board of Elections to help department save up for new elections equipment, totaling $700,000, required by 2017.

•$185,000: install video detection equipment in sheriff cruisers.

•$120,000: purchase six new county vehicles.

•$112,000: various upgrades for jail security and safety.

•$55,000: various interior and exterior work at Erie County Office Building.

•$55,000: backup generators for computers at services center and office building.

•$47,000: remodel clerk of courts office in courthouse.

•$40,000: pave adult probation office parking lot.

•$30,000: advertise for projects.

•$29,000: various sidewalk replacements.

•$16,000: repair elevator at courthouse.

•$13,000: paint second floor at services center. 

•$10,000: install window blinds at office building.

•$10,000: enhance card/key systems at service center.

•$8,100: place mechanical lifts on facility department trucks.

•$6,500: improve signage at services center.

•$5,500: improve signage at jail.

The above amount reserved for specific projects totals about $4.3 million.

The remaining, unassigned $2.9 million will be earmarked for specific projects later this year.

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