Record $17 million capital plan presented to Cattaraugus County lawmakers

By Rick Miller

LITTLE VALLEY — A record $17 million capital budget was presented Wednesday to members of the Cattaraugus County Legislature’s Public Works Committee.

County Administrator Jack Searles said he added $2 million to the Public Works Department’s $14.8 million roads, bridges and culverts capital request.

To that $16.8 million capital projects plan, another $270,000 in spending for the Buildings and Grounds Division was added, Searles said.

To pay for the projects, Searles proposed carrying over $6.6 million in existing funds. In addition, the county has $675,000 remaining from several bridge projects that will be redirected.

Searles said while there is some reason to believe the state may try to reduce some 2021 funding by 20% due to a state revenue crunch resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, his proposed budget, due to be presented Nov. 4, is built around full DPW funding from the state.

Salamanca Press

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