MIFFLINTOWN – During their final business meeting of the calendar year, the Juniata County Commissioners, Tuesday, gave approval to the final 2019 general fund budget that will not raise taxes next year.
Commissioner Mark Partner announced the final budget is in the amount of $10,983,428.79. “The mill -age rate will remain the same,” Partner said.
Following approval of the final budget, in a related move, the commissioners gave authorization for the treasurer’s office to process and pay any invoices received between now and the end of December.
In other business Tuesday, Commissioner Alice Gray said the board recently sat in on a conference call with representatives of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania to discuss a proposed law that, if adopted, would require all counties to purchase new voting machines that would provide a “paper trail” in an effort to prevent voter fraud prior to the 2020 Presidential elections.
“The stipulation is counties must have voting machines that can also print
out paper ballots,” Gray commented. “Juniata County is already compliant with that. We are hopeful there will be exceptions made to counties that still use paper ballots and not have to purchase new machines. If we have to do that, it will be a big expense.”
Gray said the commissioners, as well as dozens of other boards across the Commonwealth, are working with C-CAP to lobby for exceptions. “But,” she warned, “we have to be prepared that we may have to purchase new ones anyway. If this happens, it would not be our fault.”
Commissioner Todd Graybill noted that currently, there are 17 counties in Pennsylvania that currently meet the “paper trail” standard.
In other business Tuesday, the commissioners:
¯ Approved receipt of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security FY 2017 Pre-Disaster Mitigation grant agreement between the county and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.
¯ Accepted the annual Juvenile Probation Services grant agreement for the 2018-19 fiscal year.
¯ Approved the following 2018 Liquid Fuel allocation requests: $3,282.72 to Greenwood Township; $4,218.10 to Susquehanna Township; and $4,165.99 to Walker Township.
¯ Ratified a Juniata County Hazardous Materials check in the amount of $28.80 to Wex Bank for the purchase of fuel.
¯ Approved the hiring of Birdie A. Hackett as the Emergency Management Agency office administrator effective Dec. 31.
¯ Approved the hiring of Alyssa M. Parson as a probation officer effective Jan. 2.
¯ Approved payment of bills in the amount of $158,106.91.
¯ Announced there will be no commissioners’ meetings on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 due to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.