Last reviewed: December 10, 2011
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Erie is known as the Flagship City because of the presence of Oliver Hazard Perry’s flagship, Niagara. The city is also known as the Gem City because of sparkling Lake Erie. Erie won the All-American City Award in 1972.
Main article: Evaluation of Pennsylvania city websites
- Council meetings and times are available online.
- City Council agendas and minutes are available, including archives through 2009.
- Elected officials information is published, including contact phone numbers, addresses and email addresses. Additionally, authority and department affiliations are listed.
- Administrative officials are published, including contact information.
- Audits and Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports are available, but only through 2009.
- Budget information is available, and is broken by personnel expenses, revenue and expenditures.
- Permits and licensing information is available and includes vendor applications.
- Bids are published and searchable.
- Contracts and purchase receipts are available through purchasing department.
- Public records are complete, including fee information and online forms.
- The organization of the website is excellent and ease of access to information is exceptional.
- No lobbying information
- Only partial audit information.
Elected Officials: Council Members
|Susan DiVecchio||City Treasurer||Unknown|
|Casimir Kwitowski||City Controller||Unknown|
|Jessica Horan-Kunco||Council President||$7,500 + benefits|
|Joseph Schember||Councilmember||6,000 + benefits|
|Curtis Jones, Jr.||Councilmember||6,000 + benefits|
|Patrick Cappabianca||Councilmember||6,000 + benefits|
|Mark Aleksandrowicz||Councilmember||6,000 + benefits|
|James Winarski||Councilmember||6,000 + benefits|
|Joel Schwartz||Councilmember||6,000 + benefits|
Total personnel expenses in 2011= $181,933. Of this, FICA cost $3,328; Pensions cost $38,252; Health insurance cost $95,979 and workers compensation cost $$875. Salaries totaled $43,500 and benefits totaled $138,433.
|Laura Shaaf||Assistant to Mayor|
|Kim Green||Director of Economic & Community Development|
|Connie Cook||Manager of Human Resources|
|Steve Franklin||Police Chief|
|Tony Pol||Fire Chief|
|Berkheimer||Income Tax Collector|
|Doug Mitchell||Director Public Works|
|Paul Lichtenwalter||Finance Director|
|Jim Klemm||City Clerk|
The total revenue for 2011 was $60,455,724, up from 2010 ($50,882,777).
Erie received $20,176,959 in federal stimulus money through two contracts and twenty grants.
In 2011, taxes generated a total of $40,065,582. Of this, income taxes from both residents and non-residents generated $6,375,000 and real estate taxes generated $30,615,582. The rest of the revenue came from realty transfers, local service taxes and an amusement tax.
The tax rates for 2010 are published: the Earned Income Tax Withholding Rate (EIT) is 1.18% and the Local Service Tax (LST) is $52.00.
City In the News
- The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority a $2 million grant to replace diesel with buses that run on compressed natural gas.
- Erie Facts
- [http://www.erie.pa.us/CityCouncil/MeetingSchedule/tabid/62/Default.aspx Council meetings.
- Agendas and minutes
- Elected officials
- Administrative officials
- Current bids
- Purchasing department
- Public records
- Salary and pension breakdown for Councilmembers
- Operating budget
- Stimulus funding
- Tax rates
- Erie awarded DOT grant