The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Local News

November 27, 2012

Cambria leaders vow to hold line on taxes

EBENSBURG — The Cambria County commissioners pledged again Tuesday to hold the line on taxes in 2013 as they continue to work on the proposed budget that will be on public display Friday.

No figures were released, but President Commissioner Douglas Lengenfelder said, “It doesn’t appear that we’ve made any huge drastic changes” in preliminary figures submitted by elected officeholders and department heads.

Before Friday, the commissioners will be meeting with many of the elected officials to review budgets as they work with their staff and Controller Ed Cernic in developing the county’s new fiscal package. The proposed budget will be on display until its adoption at a special meeting Dec. 21.

The three commissioners, who took office in January, approved a revised general fund budget of $56.2 million, down $628,000 from the one approved by the outgoing commissioners in December for this year.

Taxes were held at the previous levy of 29.5 mills – 23.5 for general purposes; 4 for debt service; 1 for the community college; and one-half mill each for the county public library system and the county’s Duman Lake Park.

Gallagher contract changes OK’d

The commissioners, by a 2-1 vote, made two changes in the $100,000-a-year contract with a health-care consulting company that was hired a month ago on its promise to save the county $300,000 in health-care costs.

The agreement, which was effective Oct. 15, is with Gallagher Benefit Services Inc., a subsidiary of Arthur Gallagher & Co., which has offices in Johns-

town. The contract was protested by some employees, who were upset that the county’s health-care committee had not been consulted.

They said the committee – made up of employees and the county’s human resources director – has been reviewing the health-care contract for a number of years and has saved the county millions of dollars.

Although Thomas Chernisky, the Democratic minority commissioner, again cast the dissenting vote, he said that he was happy that the changes make two clarifications:

• The county could cancel the contract with a 30-day notice without being in breach of the contract.

• Gallagher will be paid only its fee and not any commission on savings. Although a commission had not been in the contract, it was felt the language was unclear about that possibility.

Chernisky had attempted unsuccessfully in October to have the contract tabled until other proposals could be heard and reviewed by the county’s health-care committee.

Lengenfelder has defended the contract, saying that it’s an opportunity for the county to save money.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Home is Where The Tribune-Democrat is Delivered!

    Here are the names of the 10 entrants that were chosen today-April 24, 2014.  If you see your name, call the Circulation Department at 814-532-5000 (#1) or 1-866-307-0905 to verify your information.

    April 24, 2014

  • WilliamsA ‘I thought I was going to die’

    Hornerstown resident Robert “Bobby” Williams said he endured two hours of surgery, suffered a heart attack and fears he may never again be able to fully use his right arm.

    April 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • Home is Where The Tribune-Democrat is Delivered!

    Here are the names of the 10 entrants that were chosen today-April 22, 2014.  If you see your name, call the Circulation Department at 814-532-5000 (#1) or 1-866-307-0905 to verify your information.

    April 22, 2014

  • JFD traing Firefighters practice river rescues

    Johnstown Fire Department members lift a “victim” out of the rescue basket during training Wednesday along the Stonycreek River flood-control wall

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • sewer meeting map Sewer work will tie up traffic

    Brace yourselves.
    This summer’s sewer main replacement project will delay traffic with detours, closed streets and lane restrictions through one of Johnstown’s notoriously snarled neighborhoods.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • USS Somerset USS Somerset arrives at San Diego homeport

    The USS Somerset is home.
    The amphibious transport dock ship named in honor of the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 arrived at its new homeport of Naval Base San Diego on Monday.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jablonski, Stephen Charges filed in courthouse bomb threat

    A Johnstown man was charged by Ebensburg Borough police Wednesday with threatening to blow up the Cambria County Courthouse, a call he admitted to Ebensburg police he made Tuesday.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Vizza, Peter Vizza voted deputy mayor

    The top vote-getter in last year’s Johnstown City Council election is now also the city’s deputy mayor.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Conemaugh Township rezoning opens business possibilities

    A portion of South Main Street in Davidsville will be rezoned to give greater allowances to the businesses along the road.

    April 23, 2014

  • Sculptor’s work to be raffled off

    The work of a local sculptor will be raffled off during the Art in Bloom show.

    April 23, 2014

Poll

Would you like to see the Johnstown Community Corrections Center remain open after its lease runs out on Oct. 11, 2015?

Yes
No
I'm not sure
     View Results
House Ads