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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Commissioners Warned State Budget Cuts Will Raise County Taxes Due To Mandated Programs

Potter County Human Services Administrator Jim Kockler has alerted the Board of Commissioners to his concerns over the potential impact of state budget cuts on many of the programs offered by the county, most of which are mandated by the state.

A measure recently passed by the State Senate has the potential to reduce services and increase county real estate taxes, Mr. Kockler reported. Senate Bill 850 reduces funding for every state department that supports Potter County Human Services, while reducing or eliminating programs that reduce demand for county services through prevention, he said.

In particular:

• Funds for county services to neglected and abused children would decline by $10 million.
• Behavioral health services are cut an additional $13.5 million, on top of the governor’s $34 million cut.
• The Children’s Health Insurance Program is cut by $7.7 million, reducing the number of children with health care by more than 4,200.
• Some $17 million in child care subsidy funds for working parents is cut.
• School district pre-kindergarten programs are reduced by 55 percent.
• There’s a 50-percent reduction in state funds for Head Start.
• Funding for preventative health screenings for newborn babies is cut by $450,000.
• “Waiver services” for almost 800 adults with developmental disabilities are eliminated.
• Funding for severely disabled adults in Attendant Care and other community-based programs is reduced by $16 million.
• Supported employment and job training for severely disabled individuals at their worksite is cut by 50 percent.

Potter County Commissioners support the efforts by the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania in opposition to state budget actions that would shift a greater burden of the financial responsibility for state-mandated programs to the taxpayers of Potter County.

12 comments :

Anonymous said...

people out of work no jobs to be had famlies barely makeing it now and the bungling idiots in harrisburg quits paying state mandated service so we can pay more taxes with money we don,t have

Anonymous said...

that would be like telling your wife to cook supper and taking away the stove and pots and pans

Anonymous said...

Gets some guts. If the state doesn't fund the program, eliminate it. You should have the bxlls to do it or quit.

Anonymous said...

Yea, right with you there, comment 9:24.
Let those mentally retarded people walk to the store and buy their own groceries.
Let those old people who can't get to the doctor suffer and die. That would really show some guts.
Let those kids that are getting sexually abused "take it like a man."
Is that what you are saying there at 9:24????????

Anonymous said...

Typical.

Our Federal government has tripled in size the past 9 years...so lets just keep paying all those salaries while we screw our children's education over.

Yea kudos 9:24! Lets just quit providing health care and education for our kids!

We should all write our Representatives and Senators on this one.

I'll post addresses later!

Anonymous said...

I do not think that is what 9:24 is saying at all!

If the braindead politicians in Harrisburg are going to demand state mandated programs, then they damn well better figure out how to help pay for them! The tax payers can not keep being expected to keep dishing out what they earn for the "fat cats" to keep making and taking more!

Down size our government NOW, that is the change that is needed!

Maybe Rendell better cut some of the paid appointed jobs he drempt up for his buddies that could not get re-elected! That would free up a bunch!

Anonymous said...

My neighbor use to need a ride for kidney dialysis. He would have died without it. God rest his soul as he finally left us. Those rides gave him at least two years of life and quality life at that and we loved him like a father.
Yes we took him grocery shopping and helped him in the yard and things as good neighbors and he didn't have anyone else.
I do not agree with 9:24 that the county should not keep giving these rides and should just let people like him die if the state keeps cutting fundings.
Why are there so many cold and heartless and mean people writing comments on here?

Anonymous said...

I agree.
Comment made at 9:24, do you think that kids who are being sexually abused or beaten should just be left to fend for themselves?
I do not know if people here are heartless and mean or if they just do not understand what would happen if the county human services said "no we aren't going to take care of people."

Anonymous said...

what did people do years ago without all of these programs when famlies are strugling to make ends meet gasoline is going gas bills electric billare going to take a huge jump cost of food is going up and the brain dead is harrisburg can,t quit spending how about rendle buying 50,000 dollars for tickets for a bicycle race to give his buddies and he wants to raise our taxes get real

Anonymous said...

Fed cuts = state cuts= local govt. getting f*****!!!!Yes we can !!!change you can count on !!!

Anonymous said...

12:56:00 PM
Right there with on this one!

Anonymous said...

The Federal Government tripled is size over the past 9 years umm
I recall the the Republicans had control for seven of the past nine years and the republicans controll the state houses in Pennsylvania. Sure has Hell sounds strange to me.
SO the really big question is who is growing our government and who is raising our taxes????