Photo by James Jones (c) 2008
Potter County Wireless 911 Building At Maple View
County Budget Work Winding Down
Fine-tuning continues on the 2009 county budget. Commissioners Doug Morley, Susan Kefover and Paul Heimel will be zeroing-in on budget line items in the coming week. Their goal is to maintain an acceptable level of services while avoiding a county real estate tax for the second consecutive year.
Among the challenges facing the commissioners are locked-in expenses, including pay increases dictated by labor union contracts, higher utility bills and rising health insurance premiums. Additionally, counties across Pennsylvania have been victimized by the state’s growing economic crisis.
Another factor in the budget preparation is the draining of the county’s Building Improvement Fund as a result of the Emergency Services Wireless 911 building at Maple View. That construction contract was awarded late last year and the project encountered cost overruns this year.
The commissioners are considering the option of taking out a loan of roughly $350,000 to restore the Building Improvement Fund without having to consider a tax increase for 2009.
Additional details on the 2009 budget will be discussed at the next Board of Commissioners meeting, to be held at 11 am Thursday, Dec. 4, at the F. W. Gunzburger County Office Building at Main and Water streets in Coudersport. The meeting is open to the public. Meetings are held in the first office on the left inside the front entrance. Potter County Today