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.