County schedules budget hearings

County schedules budget hearings

There are 33 comments on the Lebanon Daily News story from Oct 21, 2010, titled County schedules budget hearings. In it, Lebanon Daily News reports that:

The Lebanon County commissioners will be working to close a $3.6 million gap between revenue and spending next week when they enter three days of budget hearings -- when the heads of various departments and agencies that receive county funding come before the board and explain why they should get what they've asked for.

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Lancaster, PA

#21 Oct 22, 2010
carl wrote:
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yeah agreed, where are the "high salaries" certainly not the ave worker.
How much is earmarked for farmland welfare? I mean preservation? scratch that for the next year for sure!
10-4 on scratching farmland welfare, and also Stohlers rum dum and doper clinic at the west end of Chesnut St. That alone would save about 2 million.

Mountain Top, PA

#22 Oct 22, 2010
general wrote:
<quoted text> 10-4 on scratching farmland welfare, and also Stohlers rum dum and doper clinic at the west end of Chesnut St. That alone would save about 2 million.
sorry but the clinic costs the county nothing... 2million where?

are you the guy 2 years ago that predicated all kinds of herion related crime because of it?

Elizabethtown, PA

#23 Oct 22, 2010
There hasn't been a COLA for SS or Federal employees for the second year in a row. My guess is that these "fat cats" are giving humongous raises for themselves and filling their pockets therefore creating a deficit. But beware, your sin will find you out!

Lebanon, PA

#24 Oct 22, 2010
County salaries are already very low. When I worked for the county, my wife and I qualified for food stamps. And if you check the county website for open positions, you can see for yourself what the salaries are.

Uninformed people constantly say that the county or municipalities should cut waste, but your local governments (in Lebanon anyway) are running on a shoestring.

To balance budgets there are few choices- raise fees, raise taxes, or cut programs/positions (which means fewer services and then you will whine when the police don't show up right away or the pothole on your street doesn't get fixed for a year or two).
Red Alert

Harrisburg, PA

#25 Oct 22, 2010
So I did a bit of research today, as it was my day off. EMA purchased at least 2 vehicles and a trailer in the past 2-3 years. They purchased a brand new F-450 diesel super cab truck to replace the chevrolet that still ran well.(Probably over $50,000). They purchased a brand new Ford Explorer (Probably over $30,000) to replace, well, I'm not sure what that replaced. No one seems to know why they have the explorer, other than staff running to Market on Thursday and Friday. They also purchased a "FEMA Trailer". Yup, one of those mold infested rat holes that the Feds made the poor people in New Orleans live in for how many years after the Katrina disaster. How much did that cost to purchase and clean up? I'm guessing at least $10,000, if not more. Those were the vehicles that I saw and asked about. I have no idea what, if anything was purchased and is sitting in the garage on Oak St.
Red Alert

Harrisburg, PA

#26 Oct 22, 2010
In regards to the booking center. I asked about that today as well, when I was taking a stroll through the parking lot. They do not accept persons on summary warrants, aka: outstanding fines. The constables continue to pick up those people and take them to the DJ, as they did before booking. They never see the inside of the booking center. I asked about mailable offenses, such as persons who are arrested for simple, non violent offenses. Most drug and theft charges are mailed. If they are taken to the booking center, they are processed and released, NOT seen by the judge. The charges are mailed. I asked a police officer about the convenience of the booking center. He advised me that it saves him, on average, 2 hours of time where he previously had to transport the prisoner to the on-call DJ, wait for the DJ and then take the prisoner to jail. Now, they complete the charges and drop them off, and depending where the police department is, they are back on the street in about an hour. Sounds to me like the booking center is putting cops back on the street, PROTECTING US, SOONER than with the old system.

How about doing some research of your own?
Red Alert

Harrisburg, PA

#27 Oct 22, 2010
FSM wrote:
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Tell us then... How many vehicle have they purchased? I still see the same vehicles from when I worked there three years ago. And please tell me what the average life span is for dispatch equipment. Guess what, it sure as heck isn't 8 years! Just don't cry when something terrible happens and nobody gets dispatched because the equipment failed
So, then, what is the average life span of the dispatch equipment? If that stuff isn't built to last AT LEAST 10 - 15 years before needing replaced, that is pathetic! I know the system has cost us lots of money since the contract was signed, but this would be the icing on the cake.

Lebanon, PA

#28 Oct 23, 2010
no computer equipment is built to last 10-15 years! to think that is ignorant. They just don't sit around and say oh, gee, maybe this year we will get new consoles lol
Gov waste

Middletown, PA

#29 Oct 23, 2010
Until we have a single county-wide government system the redundancy and waste will be everywhere.

Look at how often multiple jurisdictions respond to a call because dispatch does not know who should respond and oh yeah, the guys getting dispatched don't know if it is their jurisdiction or not.

Look at how many municipalities have the same equipment that sits idle most of the year.

And last but not least ... LOOK AT EIT.
Red Alert

Harrisburg, PA

#30 Oct 23, 2010
Scott County Iowa upgrated their Emergency Center this year. 23 console positions for UNDER $420,000. Tell me why Lebanon County is double the price for about a quarter of the positions?

Myerstown, PA

#31 Oct 23, 2010
Red Alert wrote:
Scott County Iowa upgrated their Emergency Center this year. 23 console positions for UNDER $420,000. Tell me why Lebanon County is double the price for about a quarter of the positions?
'Cause Jo Ellen Ditz wouldn't know how to manage money if her life depended on it.
Red Alert

Harrisburg, PA

#32 Oct 23, 2010
I agree, but it doesn't have anything to do with her. It has everything to do with Kauffman and the Commissioners taking a few seconds to look into this request.

Lebanon, PA

#33 Oct 25, 2010
ZIPPY wrote:
So what type of raises will the county employees be receiving? Maybe reduce their raises or no raise at all. Unfortunately where i work they can't afford to give me 3-3.5% a year. I'm not complaining at least i have a job.
I do believe Cedar Haven's contract was just signed at 3% for the next thre years. But the important thing about that is the employees DON'T PAY anything towards their insurance. You can't tell many places that don't have a co-pay! What were the commissioners thinking and this is for the next THREE YEARS???

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