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The 'toughest' budgets

October 14, 2010 - John D'Agostino
Dunkirk Mayor Richard Frey has been given another week by Common Council before proposing a spending plan for the city for 2011.

Of course, the mayor noted on WDOE-AM last week, the 2011 budget is the "toughest" yet he has to put together.

Well mayor — and all other government and school officials — welcome to tough times mean tough choices years. Choices that were acceptable by 18 school districts and 44 separate municipalities during the late '90s and early 2000 can no longer be tolerated or else taxes will continue their march upward because our governments have run out of reserves and New York state still is out of control in its spending.

Just look no further than Chautauqua County. Our esteemed longtime Republican county legislators continue to blame state mandates as part of their spending problem. Some of those mandates, those Republicans believe, include having a county executive and having a public defender’s office.

For the record, those are not state mandates.

By the way, on the topics of executive, Greg Edwards is on the Republican gubernatorial ticket with Carl Paladino, the guy who is upset at "out of control" spending. I wonder what Carl’s take is on Edwards’ plan that includes a 10 percent tax hike?


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