Erie County lawmakers heard a lot Monday evening during their public hearing on County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz’s budget proposal for 2014, including appeals to support Poloncarz’s plan to hire a new energy officer to reduce the county’s costs for electricity and other energy use.

In addition, the Legislature heard appeals to consider property taxes as a more predictable revenue source to bridge future budget gaps. Lawmakers also were serenaded with a bit of classical music as a way to thank lawmakers for their past support of cultural agencies in the community.

“We’re here to play and say thank you to the legislators for their continued support,” said Kate Holzemer, a violinist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra,

By Harold McNeil | Buffalo News Staff Reporter on November 25, 2013 – 11:32 PM

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