Susquehanna County commits Act 13 funds

BY STACI WILSON

The nearly $4 million of Act 13 funds in the county coffers has been allocated to five areas.

The commissioners voted, at the Dec. 12 meeting, to commit the funds as follows:

Emergency preparedness and public safety – $1,118,200; Agricultural Preservation – $40,000; Tax Reductions – $820,500; Records management – $200,000; Judicial Services – $450,000; Capital Reserve fund – $1,272,200.

The funds allocated to ‘tax reductions’ will result in a lowering of the county property tax by one mill.

Cheryl Matulevich, of Hop Bottom, noted the $40,000 allocation for Ag Preservation – the same amount that had been allocated for the program in the county’s 2012 budget and questioned the money slated for the program in 2013.

“Is (the $40,000) all the money budgeted?” she asked. “The county had always put in $40,000. I wonder why it was not increased.”

Commissioner Alan Hall said there was no desire to increase the allocation to the program at this time.

Matulevich also said in the past, the program had received more than the $40,000 but the annual allocation had been cut in recent budget cycles.

She also suggested, that instead of the planned one mill property tax reduction, that money be put into Ag Preservation.

“Agricultural preservation preserves open space. It benefits everyone,” Matulevich said.

No other specific details about the Act 13 spending were given by the commissioners at the meeting.

The final commissioners meeting of the year will be held Wednesday, Dec. 26, 9 a.m. in the commissioners meeting room in the courthouse