WILLIAMSPORT – The Lycoming County commissioners approved COVID-19 relief grant funds to area nonprofits and discussed the county’s upcoming 2021 budget proposal during their Thursday meeting. 


SALARY BOARD ACTIONS 

Approve update to Salary schedule 2.1 Courts:  PASS 2-0

• Change Law Clerk from paygrade 8 to paygrade 9. 

• Change Law Clerk I from paygrade 9 to paygrade 10. 

Soil Conservation: PASS 2-0

• Create PT Temporary Conservation District Special Projects position, paygrade 12.  

ACTION ITEMS 

3.1 Shannon Rossman- Vote on the allocation of COVID-19 County Relief Block Grant  funds to Lycoming County non-profits, including their subrecipient agreements, as  attached hereto, a total of which shall not exceed $1,158,790. The allocation of funds  will be contingent upon meeting the grant and Subrecipient Agreement terms and  conditions. PASS 2-0

  • Nonprofits asked for $8.9 million originally, but the county only had $1.2 million to give out. Higher allotments were given to nonprofits that give necessary services such as food assistance, help for homeless, libraries and so on. 

Shannon Rossman- Vote on Right-Of-Way Use and Maintenance Agreement for Timber Run. PASS 2-0

  • The county has a possible purchaser for Lot 2 of the Timber Run park, but they would like a larger plot of land. The land needs to have a subdivision revision as well as an update the the KOZ designation for the land. This requires a revision of the right-of-way use and maintenance agreement of the park. The county anticipates finalizing agreements with this new business soon. 

2021 Budget Proposal

Beth Johnston, county financial director, opened the floor to public comments on the proposed 2021 Lycoming County Budget. The budget has been live since Oct. 22 and final approval is expected on Dec. 3. Nov. 12 was the last opportunity for public discussion on the budget. 

Budget highlights: 

The proposed 2021 budget totals $110.0 million in revenues for all operations and services representing an increase of $5.2 million or 5 percent from the 2020 adopted budget of $104.8 million. Expenses are budgeted at $133.4 million, which is a 12 percent increase over the 2020 adopted budget of $119.2 million. The result is a projected budget deficit of $23.4 million for the 2021 fiscal year.

Currently no tax increase projected.  

Lycoming County’s tax millage rate for 2021 is currently projected to remain at the 2020 rate of 6.5000 mills. This means a property with an assessed value of $100,000 would pay $650 in County taxes. 

The commissioners present were Rick Mirabito and Scott Metzger. The next meeting will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 in the Commissioner’s Briefing Room, 1st Floor, Executive Plaza, 330  Pine St.

The commissioners present were Rick Mirabito and Scott Metzger. The next meeting will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 in the Commissioner’s Briefing Room, 1st Floor, Executive Plaza, 330  Pine St.

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