Preliminary budget is adopted in Northumberland County

SUNBURY – Northumberland County Commissioners have adopted an $82.3-million preliminary budget for 2013, but it was a split vote. Commissioners Vinny Clausi and Stephen Bridy voted in favor of the plan, with a projected 2.5-mill increase. Commissioner Rick Shoch opposed it, stating earlier this week he could not vote in favor of a tax increase because he believes Clausi owes the county more than $6-million, based on his actions over the past five years. Clausi and Bridy also adopted next year’s schedule of county meetings. Shoch voted against that too because he believes four meetings, rather than two, should be held in the evening to better accommodate the public. (Ali Stevens)