WELLSBORO — The Tioga County proposed 2021 budget is on display in the Tioga County Courthouse now through Dec. 15, when it will be adopted.

The budget sets the general fund at $18,449,296, down more than $1 million from this year when it was $19,560,094. The reduction is general across all departments, said Chief Clerk Derek Williams. There’s also fewer conferences and less travel, which encompasses fuel and vehicle use. Some insurances also saw a decrease, he said.

The Department of Human Services budget is set at $17,711,658, a slight ose over 2020’s $17,482,617.

The tax millage will remain at 6.75 mills for the 12th year.

Vehicles

The county opened bids for the sale of a 2007 Ford Expedition, a 2006 Ford Taurus and a 2008 Dodge Caravan. Eleven bids were submitted: four for the Taurus ranging from $308-$818, two for the Caravan ranging from $1,253-$1,509, and five for the Expedition ranging from $750-$2,117.

The board tabled the bids for review and will award it at a future meeting.

In a related matter, the board approved lease agreements for five vehicles — four 2021 Chevrolet Traverse and a 2021 Ford F-250, all for 60 months. The total monthly payment for the vehicles is $2,496.44.

Risk Manager Marc Rice said the county currently leases 35 vehicles from Enterprise. The arrangement has decreased the county’s monthly payments by an average of $120 per vehicle, as well as provide more fuel efficient and safer vehicles for staff, he said.

In other business, commissioners:

  • Adopted a resolution of a $2,153,800 Multimodal Transportation Fund Grant for the restoration of the historic Athens truss bridge for the Marsh Creek Greenway Trail.
  • Reappointed George Lloyd, Blossburg borough manager, to the Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority board for a five year term.
  • Appointed Roger Bunn to the Tioga County Planning Commission to complete the term of Theresa Mahosky, who resigned. His term will end December 2021.
  • Reappointed Donna Cleveland as a farmer director for a four-year term and Mark Hamilton as a commissioner director for a one-year term on the Tioga County Soil Conservation District board.

The next meeting for the board of commissioners is 10 a.m. Dec. 15.

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