County adopts $25M budget

BY STACI WILSON

County Commissioners adopted the 2014 $25 million county budget at the Dec. 26 meeting.

Total millage held steady with no increase from 2013 at 10.83 mills, but taxpayers will get some relief.

A tax credit – equivalent to two mills – will be given to property owners, funded from Act 13 monies.

Sheriff Deputy Jon Record was hired to the non-union position of Chief Deputy Sheriff.

Maximus Consulting Services Inc. was contracted to conduct the cost allocation plan for the county for 2013, 2014 and 2015 at $4,900 per year. The study determines the costs of services used by each of the departments.
A 20-year reciprocal licensing agreement with Pennsylvania State Police for the use of Commonwealth towers.

After rejecting the sole bid received for the entry-way construction project planned for the treasurer’s office, the commissioners put the project out to bid a second time.

The county received seven bids for the project, ranging in price from $179,300 to $270,798.

The commissioners plan to review the bids and will possibly move to award the project at the next meeting.

Commissioner Alan Hall said funded debt will be used to pay for the improvement project.

Bids for two county vehicles were also opened at the meeting and awarded to the highest bidders.

An unmarked, 2007 Chevrolet Impala was awarded to high bidder, Connie Ely-Gulbin; and Lanesboro was the high bidder on the 2008, marked Chevrolet Impala Police Sedan, coming in with a bid of $2,672.

Richard Ainey, of New Milford, was appointed to the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Library Board of Directors for the term beginning Dec. 26 and ending Dec. 25, 2014.