10-15-12: Courtesy of WIVB. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says Erie County “will maintain quality of life programs,” in his 2013 budget proposal. The $1.3 billion budget proposal released Monday includes a 2.1 percent increase in spending over fiscal year 2012. The proposed budget would increase property taxes 3.4 percent, for the average homeowner assessed at $100000, the county property taxes will increase $18. Poloncarz says Erie County is among the lowest property tax rates in the state. Poloncarz says his four-year plan doesn’t include further property tax increases. In his budget proposal, 63 jobs are cut, with a majority of them in Social Services. There would also be 35 new positions because of jail mandates. Poloncarz said Monday, “we’re not growing government.” Poloncarz ran for county executive under the platform that cultural and community groups would be a priority. His proposed budget plan Monday, safeguards the library system. It also has cultural funding up $148000 over 2012. The capital budget increases to invest $39 million into roads, bridges and parks.