9-30-11: Courtesy of YNN. Erie County Executive Chris Collins has released his budget proposal for next year. His opponent for county executive, Mark Poloncarz, is already raising some red flags. YNN’s Kaitlyn Lionti tells us more about the proposal, and why Poloncarz is taking issue with it. Erie County Comptroller and candidate for Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz isn’t pleased with Collins’ budget proposal release. “He is required to provide our office revenue estimates as well as his estimates of major expenditures by October 1 and he did not do that, because he released his budget today without providing us any of the information we need to do our work on behalf of the people of Erie County,” said Poloncarz. Poloncarz says based on the limited information he has, the budget proposal calls for reducing his staff. He says if those positions aren’t restored, the comptroller’s office won’t be able to function in its role as auditor — something he describes as a political vendetta. “The comptroller’s office would be down to the deputy comptroller for audit and one auditor for a $1.5 billion entity. Most private sector entities with over a billion dollars in revenue on an annual basis, have an audit staff of 30 to 40,” said Poloncarz.