County Work Session To Focus On Zoning, Road And Bridge Budgets

November 13, 2018

Luzerne County council’s budget work session tonight focuses on the county’s division of operational services, which includes the planning and zoning office and the road and bridge department. According to a budget worksheet posted to the county website, the proposed budget for planning and zoning includes a $13,000 reduction in projected revenue from zoning permits, and a $4,000 reduction in revenue from zoning applications. Both figures were lowered “to match current configurations,” the worksheet states. However, revenue from the Department of Agriculture is projected to increase by $3,946. Also, a new line item for a projected hazard mitigation grant from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is projected to add $75,000 in revenue. Planning and zoning’s expenses for contractual services are projected to increase by $55,150, while hardware replacement, in the form of a “large format plotter,” is projected to cost $10,000. The road and bridge department budget projects an increase of $25,000 in repair and maintenance of roads, due to widespread poor road and drainage conditions. It also projects an increase of $30,000 for repair and maintenance of vehicles, due to “increased vehicle maintenance costs by vendors.” County Manager David Pedri’s $140.95 million balanced budget proposal for 2019 includes a 3 percent property tax increase. Pedri presented his proposed budget on Oct. 9. Council is holding a series of budget work sessions and public hearings this fall, prior to the scheduled adoption of the county’s final 2019 budget at council’s Dec. 11 meeting. Tonight’s work session follows a council voting session that begins at 6 p.m. Both will be held at the county courthouse, 200 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre. Contact the writer: emark@citizensvoice.com 570-821-2117

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