Resolution drafted to fight state cuts

Mifflin County could face $174,485 worth of cuts if bill is signed

LEWISTOWN — The Mifflin County Commissioners drafted a resolution

decrying proposed state funding cuts

in House Bill 218.

The resolution will be sent to the Mifflin County legislative delegation, Gov. Tom Wolf and to the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania.

Chairman of the Board Kevin Kodish read the resolution during the commissioners public meeting Thursday.

Kodish said House Bill 218 contains sweeping cuts in funding for criminal justice, human services and administrative programs that counties perform on the Commonwealth’s behalf.

For Mifflin County, those cuts could amount to $174,485 if House Bill 218 were to be signed into law.

Commissioners Stephen Dunkle and Rob Postal said this is a serious situation.

Dunkle said the commissioners are very limited in how they can generate revenue for the county, but the state has far more options available.

Dunkle said the state has an obligation to the people and asked the legislature to “step up to the plate” to meet that obligation.

Kodish said the cuts in funding would directly affect organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters, LUMINA Center, The Abuse Network, Clear Concepts Counseling, Shelter Services and the continuation of Evidence Based Probation Services, proven to lower recidivism, resulting in lower jail populations along with less juvenile placements.

Other items on the agenda included the following:

¯ Mifflin County Planning Director Bill Gomes announced an internet survey will be conducted soon, with 2,000 mailers going out to randomly chosen households in the county.

¯ A proclamation designating June 1 as Child Welfare Caseworker Appreciation Day was signed.

¯ Approved a request from Miffco Tax Services, Inc., for exoneration of the county portion of per capita taxes for the years 1983 through 2016 totalling $2,287.50.

¯ Approved a resolution authorizing the Chairman to sign the Highway Safety Patrol Grant for sobriety checkpoints and expanded DUI/underage drinking enforcement.

¯ Approved a request for exoneration of 2017 county portion per capita taxes, Bret Treaster, Derry Township tax collector.

¯ Approved a purchase of service agreement for use if needed, by Children and Youth with Bethany Christian Services of Central Pennsylvania, Lancaster.

¯ Approved sub-recipient for Habitat for Humanity between Derry Township, Mifflin County and Habitat for Humanity for use of Community Development Block Grant funds to purchase land.

¯ Approved the transfer of Erica Rowland from caseworker to eligibility clerk in the Children and Youth Department.

¯ Approved the hiring of part time Correction Officers Karen Laub and Kyle Marker.

¯ Accepted the resignation of Mindy Musser from Healthy Communities Coordinator from the Human Services Office.

¯ Approved the appointment of Heather Mark Shotzberger for an unpaid intern in the sheriff’s office.