Erie County Comptroller attacks county budget

Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Erie County Comptroller is accusing county leaders of creating budgets with “smoke and mirrors.”

Stefan Mychajliw released a report Tuesday that focuses on the 2016 budget and the proposed 2017 budget.

The Comptroller says the County Executive changed the wording on sewer bills, causing Erie County government to exceed the New York State property tax cap.

“What the County Executive did was change the word ‘taxes’ to ‘fees,’ which lead to what we believe is a violation of the tax cap and unlawfully higher bills for homeowners,” Mychajliw said.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz put out a lengthy response to the Comptroller’s report. Poloncarz said the Comptroller is “wrong on the law and the facts.”

The County Executive also said the Comptroller “failed to note that independent boards of managers for the various sewer districts approve the property tax levies and user fees charged in each district.”

MORE | See Mychajliw’s budget thoughts here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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