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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Potter Commissioners Consider $350,000.00 Loan

Construction Overruns Helped To Drain Budget
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

28 comments :

Anonymous said...

The County Commissioners are doing their best to avoid raising taxes even though most of the issues were inherited by them by the former board.

The Ulysses township supervisiors ARE raising the Ulysses township taxes by one mill mostly because of the poor spending judgement of current board. The new increased tax budget will be voted on at the Dec 10th meeting,6:30 at the Gold transfer office building.

Anonymous said...

I noticed your picture of the Old HIckory and wanted to let your readers know that I met with owner David Polliard on Saturday and was assured that the renovation will begin soon. He and his wife are using their own funding to restore the building and are currently looking at funding options including the National Registrar funding program which may be able to help restore what was once a main attraction in our community, Please be patient a little longer.
Shirlee Leete

Anonymous said...

Very interesting news about the Old Hickory...increased taxes in this economy not a good thing for residents whose homes are already
unsellable due to impending
turbines. Horrible

Anonymous said...

"The Ulysses township supervisiors ARE raising the Ulysses township taxes by one mill mostly because of the poor spending judgement of current board."

I guess with the cost of everything sky rocketing for the township one mill is not as bad as it could be.

But just think...you will be thanking Mr. Kosa and the rest of the board members when your taxes go down do to the revenue the wind turbines will bring in for the township!

Permit fees, base tax fees and who knows what else they will be charged. That is good news for your township annual budget!

Anonymous said...

what would be bad is if the county spent a $50,000.00 grant to learn how to budget the tax payers money
($50,000.00 + whatever was spent over that $50,000.00) and then raised taxes.

If all the line item fine tuning didn't eliminate weekend craft shows at county buildings after spending the $50,000.00 grant + there is absolutely nothing to worry about.

This must be all part of the bigger picture of promoting tourim.

m rembryant

Anonymous said...

I think that it is very obtuse for Potter County cicitizens and the commissioners to believe that they can cover the increases in the items that they have listed without having to raise taxes to cover the cost. If they take out a loan now, it will only prolong the tax increase until later and it will have to be larger to cover the loan also.

Anonymous said...

??? $ turbine research
$38,000 appointed position
??? $ turbine research
$17,000 Food Matrix position
??? $ wind turbine research
$$$ $ wind turbine research
??? dig up something research
$$$ $ wind turbine research
$$$ fight the turbines
$$$ mileage to township mtg
$$$ bus trip to ???

what were you saying about raising taxes in Potter County? And why?

If we have gone out of our
way to discourage industry and promote tourism during a recession there is no need for tax increase now or ever. Hello! It's not every county that has a mastermind who can draw in tourism while the rest of the country is hurting. Our business are now thriving from the tourism. New businesses are popping up all over to support the tourism.

sgc from sgc

Anonymous said...

sounds like someone's ego is bigger than their capabilities!!!

But not in Ulysses

Anonymous said...

"New businesses are popping up all over to support the tourism.
"

I'm not sure what county you are talking about, but i don't see many businesses "popping" up here and thriving. It is a fact of life that in order to maintain a positive budget with increasing inflation and cost of living, taxes will also have to be reaised in parallel.

Anonymous said...

Please don't get me wrong.
I don't think anyone minds a tax raise when there is responsible spending and a respect for where that tax money is coming from.

When one of a counties top priorities is promoting tourism at a time like this and then over regulating industry to the point of making it impossible for any industry or business to come or survive here there is a problem.

The county cannot survive on raised taxes and grants alone. Sooner or later someone is going to put the brakes on the grant money and then what? You can't help those who refuse to help themselves.

Anonymous said...

"If we have gone out of our
way to discourage industry and promote tourism during a recession there is no need for tax increase now or ever. Hello!"

Please, set the glass of kool-ade down, NOW.

Anonymous said...

" $$$ fight the turbines
$$$ mileage to township mtg "

These sound like Save God's County expenses not the counties!

Anonymous said...

If the county is stabe enough to turn away industry
why would there be a raise in taxes.

How much industry has been over regulated in the counties who got the $$$

If PC can afford to nit pick and research every industry until it's capable of regulating it right out of the county, why raise taxes. Not all county's tax payers can afford such luxuries.

Put down the kool-aid? Who vacations during a recession. What other county's survive on tourism alone.

Have heard all about the research done, but must have over looked the county's research payed for by SGC.

Still waiting to see what all that research uncovered.
Only the facts of course. Not interested in hear say.
That should be coming out very soon.

Anonymous said...

"Put down the kool-aid? Who vacations during a recession. What other county's survive on tourism alone."

Yes, this is the point I thought I was making...we need industry in Potter County to survive...tourism does not effect every tax payer's income or every business in Potter County! That is what I ment when I stated to put the Kool-Ade down!

"Only the facts of course. Not interested in hear say.
That should be coming out very soon."

Quit a few of us have been waiting for this to come as well, and I agree not hear say, facts!

Anonymous said...

If you want to pay pay higher taxes, the county will waste most of it, but they will dump a bit more slop in the trough for you to feed from. If you want to pay lower taxes, expect a bit less slop in the trough, but a bit more money in your pocket to spend as you see fit.

Anonymous said...

What Industry do we pursue for Potter County?

Anonymous said...

This is a very good question....but a better question is..what industry can we pursue that will make the people of Potter County happy? There aren't really any local resources other than the timber and the natural gas. The transportation infrastructure into the area is not viable.

Anonymous said...

ok....

What industry can we pursue that will make the people of Potter County happy?

The List Starts here:

1)?

men of genius said...

maybe we could rent out the protesters.

Anonymous said...

Ideas please.......Mr Sprout.

Anonymous said...

We could start by bagging up all of the B.S. that gets spread and selling it as fertilzer.

Anonymous said...

1) rent out the protesters

2) bag up all of the B.S. that gets spread and selling it as fertilzer

Anonymous said...

There aren't any serious ideas because this county isn't capable of supporting any viable industry. Why do you think Time Warner pulled out? The only reason Adelphia stayed here is because the Rigas family is here. I'm sorry that I have to be so negative about the prospects here, but I have to be blunt about it. The only real industry that has ever prospered here as the logging industry and that has passed it's heyday by far. There is nothing else, because there is no infrastructure here and there are too many people against it. (Dark Skies, SGC)

men of genius said...

ugotta B kiddin

not as many as you'd think.
better yet, as they think.

no one has ever spoke out about them before. sgc is nothing more than a few folks with computers and nothing more to do than flood the county and state officials email.

many of them look and act like submissive robots. its sad, very sad

just be thankful they joined on with the founder of this ? whatever it is instead of the one that was here a few years ago.

things have a way of working themselves out. keep the faith, just not what they are preaching.

this is god's country

Anonymous said...

People of Potter Co should buy the
Adelphia operations building next to McDonalds and open a casino,recession or not people gamble, Then make the forth floor a gentelmans club,jobs taxes etc.(problem solved).

Anonymous said...

Let's see...there are about 20,000 people in the county of which we'll say 12,000 are adults with jobs. The building is ip for bid at $8 million. If everyone put in $1000 each that would allow $12 million to buy the building and make all of the conversions to a casino. I'm in!! We have 2 people...we only need the other 14,998 to chip in their money.

Anonymous said...

Ok, so I think I got it approx. 20,000 residents, 12,000 adults with jobs, I'm stretching here but lets say we have about 2,000 elderly/disabled that leaves 6,000 unemployed welfare recipents. I bet those are the ones protesting everything.. think about it, nothing better to do with their time and no reason for them to worry about employment or the economy... they already have everything given to them. I say with a bit of welfare reform and accountability on the recipients side we'd be in a better place.... and I'm in for the Casino Idea too!!!

Anonymous said...

We can start an organization of local potter county natives....maybe we can get some breaks from the government like the indian tribes do.