The Warren County Commissioners discussed the need for a long-term spending plan for "big ticket" items during Monday morning's work session.
Chairman Stephen Vanco said he had asked Paul Pascuzzi, the county's fiscal director, to start providing the commissioners with quarterly financial reports.
Commissioners John Bortz and John Eggleston agreed with the idea, and Bortz said it would allow them "to keep a better handle on finances. We've been putting off some purchases for years."
He added that some items might be "pushing themselves to the head of the class."
Eggleston spoke of some of the spending needs, saying, "We're in a little better position (financially) than prior years, but I still need to do due diligence. There are a number of big-ticket issues. I would rather pay for an item over three years than take a bond issue and pay interest."
He said purchases of computer systems and software have been expensive, although the technology has allowed the work to be done by fewer people.
Additionally, the last re-assessment for property taxes was done in 1989, he said, and it will cost the county "a million, million and a half (dollars)" for the next one.
When asked if receipts from a re-assessment would cover the costs, each of the commissioners spoke of how the law requires assessments to be "revenue neutral," and taxes could only be raised in a following year.
Vanco said the real issue with re-assessments is parity, with all similar properties, new and old being treated the same.
He added that the county bears the administrative responsibility to do re-assessments, and Eggleston noted that the school district receives about 60 percent of the tax receipts, but the district and municipalities do not bear the cost or the responsibility.
He also said there is the matter of public unrest involved in any re-assessment.
Another issue with taxes is the need for a software system that would allow the Warren County Treasurer, Assessment, and the Register and Recorder's offices to access and share information on properties, Eggleston said.