Board adopts tentative budget

Residents have 20 days to request changes to plan

MIFFLINTOWN — The Juniata County Commissioners adopted a tentative 2017 general fund budget that holds the line on taxes, on Tuesday.

The spending plan totals $10,223,584.56.

“There is no millage increase with this tentative budget,” Commissioner Alice Gray announced shortly after the plan was unanimously passed. “We think this is a very good budget. With that being said, we still have costs that we have no control over. Even with salaries and benefits comprising most of it, our salaries are generally lower and our taxes are lower.”

County Administrator Jim Bahorik noted the tentative budget is on display on the county’s website and a hard copy is available for inspection in his office.

He said residents have a 20-day period to offer any suggestions with regard to changes.

Bahorik also thanked the various department heads throughout the county for their cooperation in preparing the budget.

“Our departments work very hard to be fiscally responsible,” Bahorik stated. “They’re always very conservative. There’s no fluff in this stuff that comes in here.”

Gray then added, “Hopefully we won’t have to change it.”

In other business Tuesday, the commissioners:

¯ Approved purchase of service agreements between Juniata County Children and Youth Services and the following youth detention facilities: Valley Youth House Committee Inc., Families United Network Inc., Adelphoi Village Inc., Cornell Abraxas Group Inc., and Preventative Aftercare Inc;

¯ Approved the “Space Available Agreement” between Juniata County and Central Counties Youth Detention Center;

¯ Approved the agreement between Juniata County Children and Youth Services and Preventative Aftercare Inc. for in-home aftercare and independent living services;

¯ Approved the execution of the FY 2016-17 Hazardous Material Response Fund grant as submitted by Emergency Services Director Allen Weaver. Gray said the grant is used for planning and clean up in the event of a hazardous materials spill;

¯ Approved the re-appointment of Shirley Saner of Thompsontown to a four-year term on the Juniata County Conservation District Board of Directors;

¯ Approved the 2017 schedule for commissioners, salary board and retirement board meetings;

¯ Approved two weeks of bill payments in the amount of $294,119.35.

There will be no meeting Nov. 15 so the commissioners can attend the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania fall conference.