Human Services Committee starts budget hearings

MAYVILLE – Well-prepared county staff and department heads made for an efficient day for the Chautauqua County Legislature’s Human Services Committee.

The Human Services Committee was the first to hear from various department heads regarding the Chautauqua County 2014 budget on Monday. Throughout the day, the committee heard from Tim Helwig, Chautauqua County Home administrator; Dana Corwin, representing the Office of the Aging; Christine Schuyler, director of Health and Human Services; Patricia Brinkman, director of community mental hygiene services; Susan Marsh, regarding veteran’s services; and Linda Shields, director of probation.

“I thought it went well,” said committee Chairman Mark Tarbrake, R-Ellicott. “I thought our department heads were very well-prepared and our staff, headed by Kitty Crow (budget director), did a wonderful job with preparation. I think that’s the main thing, that our committee was well-prepared, because Kitty Crow and her staff was well-prepared. That was key.”

The committee heads and representatives explained their department budgets to the committee and answered any questions legislators had.

Budget hearings will continue Tuesday with the Public Safety Committee and the Public Facilities Committee. They will conclude for the week Wednesday with the Administrative Services and Planning and Economic Development committees.

The Audit and Control Committee will then hear from committee chairs Oct. 7-9. County Charter requires a budget to be adopted by Nov. 10.