Vows to Reduce County Executive’s Salary Until County Finances Improve

Dunkirk, NY – Today Rich Morrisroe called out the interim-County Executive for releasing a budget that relies on unrealistic sales tax projections and property tax relief gimmicks. The Wendel budget appears to have been drafted without the benefit of reviewing the NYS Comptroller’s report on challenges facing local economies due to COVID-19.

“The Interim-County Executive was clearly wearing rose colored glasses when he drafted the 2021 budget. His proposal is a series of shell games and incorrect assumptions about sales tax revenue and the financial health of Chautauqua County,” said Rich Morrisroe.

Rich Morrisroe will improve Chautauqua County finances through meaningful changes. His administration will:

  • Conduct a department-by-department review to reduce unnecessary expenses and remove politically motivated management positions and duplicative programs
  • Streamline services and expenses between and among the county’s 27 towns, 13 villages, two cities and county government
  • Ask all political appointees to take a salary reduction until County finances have stabilized
  • Support existing businesses and local entrepreneurs by coordinating efforts of the CCIDA, & the JCC Small Business Development Center, & improving access to capital.
  • Attract new businesses by aggressive targeted marketing, infrastructure improvements, & improved workforce development

“A real leader would take a hard look the layers of bureaucracy dragging Chautauqua County down and make smart decisions. Instead, PJ Wendel is playing games. His budget tries to trick homeowners by lowering property tax rates while hiking up assessments, so their financial burden is greater than ever. It is irresponsible. People from Chautauqua deserve better,” said Morrisroe.

“I call on PJ Wendel to commit to reducing his salary and those of his political appointees until Chautauqua County finances have stabilized.”

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