MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Legislature had a busy day on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. Earlier in the day, the body acted on several resolutions, including the approval of a reapportionment plan that puts the county in compliance with the 2010 federal census and also reduces the number of legislative districts from 25 to 19. There were actually two plans, with a plan sponsored by Larry Barmore (R-Gerry) eventually being approved by a vote of 15 to 8. The first plan, sponsored by Tom DeJoe (D-Brocton) failed to receive enough votes to pass.
- AUDIO: Larry Barmore Discusses Reapportionment
Later in the day, the legislature reconvened to discuss and finalize the 2013 spending plan. As reported Thursday morning on WRFA, the budget was approved by a vote of 19 to 4, with the 2013 county tax rate seeing an 8 cent per thousand reduction over the 2012 tax rate. Below are the full comments from minority leader Barmore and minority leader Lori Cornell (D-Jamestown). Legislator Keith Ahlstrom (D-Dunkirk) was one of four legislators and the only Democrat to vote against the plan. His comments following the meeting are also available below.
- AUDIO: Larry Barmore and Lori Cornell on 2013 Budget
- AUDIO: Keith Ahlstrom Reacts to 2013 Budget Passage