Increase now for a surplus later says commissioner


SUNBURY – The $72.7 million 2014 budget passed Tuesday in Northumberland County includes a 1.5-mill tax increase.  However, Commissioner Stephen Bridy says cuts in this budget will hopefully make for a surplus next year.  “Even at the end of this year we could see a $300,000-500,000 surplus, but we had to raise taxes for the mandated 911 coverage.  What we were told with some of the new technology being implemented is that savings will be $700,000 next year.  At that point, I am hoping we can lower taxes next year.” In addition to money for the 911 center upgrades, added back into the budget was the salaries for row officers in the county following a…

Crash closes bypass, leads to delays

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SELINSGROVE — Traffic was heavy in Selinsgrove for over an hour due to a crash on the Routes 11/15 bypass.  According to Snyder County Communications, an accident closed the northbound bypass around 2:30p.m.   Emergency Services worked to clear the scene by 3:30p.m.  Large truck traffic was forced to go through Selinsgrove.  No injuries were reported in the bypass crash. (Codi Jade) Follow

Mount Carmel man charged with neglect


MOUNT CARMEL – A Mount Carmel man has been charged with neglecting his mother who lived in his home. The News Item reports 56-year-old Joseph Campbell was charged Tuesday with neglect, forgery and recklessly endangering another person and was sent to the Northumberland County Prison on $150,000 bail.   Police say Campbell was the primary caregiver for this 86-year-old mother, who was found in a filthy bedroom with sores on her body. She was also said to be malnourished and told police she was hungry and thirsty. She was taken to Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital for treatment. Campbell will have a court hearing on December 11th. (Ali Stevens) Follow

Snyder County budget not balanced…but can be

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MIDDLEBURG – As of today, the Snyder County budget is not yet balanced. However, Commissioner Malcolm Derk is optimistic it will be by the end of the month to prevent a tax increase.   Derk says he and commissioner Joe Kantz are committed to holding the line on taxes. He says they are looking at places where savings can be made.   Commissioner Peggy Chamberlain Roup is also in agreement that a tax increase should be avoided, but she also wants to make sure county employees see an across-the-board payroll increase.   The preliminary budget will have to be adopted on Tuesday December 10th to give the public 20 days to review it before passage…