Susquehanna County Commissioners Announce Reduced Millage
By Sandra Raub
A brief meeting of the Susquehanna County Commissioners on Nov. 23 focused primarily on the satisfaction of regular business expenses and small changes in personnel, along with announced changes in the millage for the upcoming year.
Marcia Borosh will leave the Drug and Alcohol Department and move to Trehab, and Mary Evans has announced the movement of Darlene Sheridan from her position as part-time clerk to a full-time position as third Deputy Recorder of Deeds.
Also approved were the following to the Susquehanna County Conservation District Board of Directors: Jean Castrogiovanni, Farmer Director, and Raymond Warriner, Farmer Director, for the period Jan. 1, 2012 to Dec. 31, 2015; and Mary Ann Warren, Commissioner Director, for Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2012. Susan Adamec and Rev. Margaret McCarty will be reappointed to the Lackawanna Susquehanna Behavioral Health/Intellectual Disabilities/Early Intervention Program Advisory Board for the period Jan. 1, 2012 to Dec. 31, 2014, as well.
The commissioners also approved to set the millage for the year 2012 for Susquehanna County as 10.5 mils for the General Real Estate destined for the General Fund and .33 mils for the Library Fund, and to eliminate the 1.01 mils for Debt Service. Per Commissioner Michael Giangrieco, this elimination is due to the fact that the county debt has been satisfied. The resulting millage will thus be set at 10.83, which results in a tax reduction of 18 percent, per Commissioner Mary Ann Warren, who also stated that the county plans to operate with a lower budget this year as well. It was noted by Giangrieco that other counties in the state have not fared so well, in light of recent large tax increases announced in surrounding areas.
Following the regular meeting, the salary board met to approve to increase the hours of the office manager in the Public Defender’s office from 37.5 to 40 effective Nov. 23 per the request of Public Defender Linda LaBarbera. The salary board also approved the 2012 Miscellaneous Compensation Schedule. Copies can be made available to the public upon request.
Final commentary offered by the public came from L. Carter (Toby) Anderson of the Library Board. Anderson once again mentioned that the county library is suffering financially, with staff having to take pay cuts and the library having to close one day a week. Anderson expressed his concern for the county’s residents who are being deprived of the library’s many valuable and beneficial resources, including the 90 computers throughout the county locations. Giangrieco sympathized and expressed concern as well, stating that all libraries in the state are suffering, due to cuts in state funding.