Dunkirk Plan has eye on future

It is not perfect, but it is a solid plan. That’s what Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas put forth late last week in a $22.3 million budget.

One of the biggest piece to this year’s budget comes from New York state: more than $2 million in transition aid, an increase of $275,000 from last year. I must also give my thanks to New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo and our state-elected officials, especially New York state Sen. Cathy Young, for their help and assistance in obtaining additional transition aid as a result of the loss of funds due to the NRG situation,” Rosas said. “It is with their added support and financial assistance that we have been able to avoid a tax increase.”

There is a sentiment with some in the community that Rosas is not making change happen fast enough. If that is the case, he can join a long line of people who held the position before him.

Change is not easy. Rosas, however, continues to look to the future of the city. His plan includes no tax or water or sewer hikes.

You cannot ask — for a city in decline — for much more than that.