2-mill tax increase made official by commissioners

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry
Warren County Commissioner Jeff Eggleston sets up a video camera before the commissioners meeting Monday afternoon.

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Warren County Commissioner Jeff Eggleston sets up a video camera before the commissioners meeting Monday afternoon.

The county tax increase announced in December is official.

The Warren County Commissioners approved the new millage at their regular meeting Wednesday.

Property taxes in the county go up two mills, from 18.5 to 20.5, while debt service adds another mill.

“The millage rate levied on the assessed value of your property is 21.5,” Commissioner Cindy Morrison said.

In December, the commissions approved a budget that would use a 2 mill tax increase to help offset a deficit of about $1.2 million. Two mills brings the county about $1 million.

The commissioners renewed a contract with Darling Pharmacy, which provides pharmaceuticals for the jail, and signed an agreement with Lonnie Heeter, who will provide medical services.

“Darling has been our provider for several years,” Eggleston said.

“Their services are exemplary,” Morrison said.

Regarding the contract with Heeter, Morrison said, “This agreement will save the county some $13,000 over the year.”

Eggleston thanked Morrison for initiating the discussion with Heeter. “The greatest cost driver in county government is the prison,” he said.

The commissioners re-appointed Chief Clerk Pam Matve and Solicitor John Shreve.

“I’d like to thank Pam for helping us get through our first year,” Eggleston said.

“We appreciate all you do for us,” Morrison said.

Library board

The commissioners appointed Sally Beckerink to the Warren Library Association Board. Beckerink was the candidate recommended by library Executive Director Patty Sherbondy. Beckerink will take a seat vacated by Pat Evans, who is ineligible to serve again.

Video

Eggleston set up a video camera and recorded the meeting. He said he would post the video to the county website — warrencountypa.net.

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