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Mayor Brown Releases Recommended 2010 Capital Budget
Contact: Peter K. Cutler
Mayor Byron W. Brown today released his $22.7 million 2010 recommended capital budget, which will be submitted to the Common Council for its consideration. Mandated by the City Charter to be submitted by the Mayor on or before November 1st, the Common Council has until December 15th to adopt the recommended capital budget.
“As in previous years, this recommended capital budget contains funding for important capital projects in every section of the city,” said Mayor Brown. “This capital budget addresses the key areas that will further strengthen our residents’ quality of life: enhancing public safety, improving and upgrading infrastructure throughout the city, strengthening our city parks, removing blighted, dilapidated structures and improving and maintaining city-owned properties.”
The Mayor prepared his 2010 recommended capital budget after receiving recommendations for the capital budget by the Citizens Planning Council (CPC), which evaluated $125 million in requests for capital spending.
The level of spending for the capital budget is set annually by the City Comptroller, which, this year, set the cap at $22.7 million. The capital budget was $21.5 million in 2009, $22 million in 2008 and $23 million in 2007.
“I appreciate that City Comptroller SanFilippo this year increased the city’s capital debt limit by $1.2 million, which gives the city greater flexibility in funding important capital projects,” said Mayor Brown.
Mayor Brown’s recommended capital budget contains a wide variety of capital improvement projects, including over $700,000 for community center improvements, $1.8 million for the rehabilitation of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park basin and casino, an additional $1,378,082 million for parks citywide, $4.8 million for citywide neighborhood infrastructure improvements and $2.5 million for demolitions.
“This is a capital budget that will address a variety of important needs throughout the city, including addressing important neighborhood infrastructure improvements and investing in our community centers,” said Mayor Brown. “In addition, it follows the recommendations of the Citizens Planning Council to make key investments in removing blighted structures, strengthening the city’s infrastructure and making public safety a top priority for funding capital projects. I’m confident, if the Common Council accepts these recommendations, that these capital investments will enhance and strengthen our residents’ quality of life throughout the City of Buffalo.”
Other highlights of Mayor Brown’s 2009 Recommended Capital Budget include:
In its October 7, 2009 letter to the Mayor, the Citizens Planning Council stated, “The Office of Strategic Planning (OSP) has been successful in complying with Charter benchmarks, while diligently pursuing verifiable data to support the budget requests. The OSP notified all relevant parties of the capital budget process and all were invited to participate, submit comments, and appear before the CPC. We thank all who appeared before the CPC to enable it to determine a workable 2010 capital budget.”
“I thank the members of the Citizens Planning Council for their dedication and commitment to analyzing this critically important information, which will have a lasting and beneficial impact on the city,” said Mayor Brown. “I also thank the staff of the city’s Office of Strategic Planning, which worked closely with CPC, providing key information on a variety of projects throughout Buffalo. I look forward to working with the Common Council and the City Comptroller in enacting this capital budget.”
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Photos by Angel Art LTP, compliments of the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional photos by Adrian Roselli, compliments of Algonquin Studios