I decided to become a candidate for County Commissioner because I’m concerned with our county’s financial situation. Six years ago Wyoming County began receiving Act 13 funds from the Marcellus shale impact fees and has received over $6M in found money that we never had before.
Two approved uses of these funds are reducing taxes and reducing debt. In 2015, the county was forced to borrow $4M because our county pension fund was underfunded. As soon as we deposited this money into the pension fund, we immediately stopped funding again and have not made the recommended $850,000 per year deposits in 2016, 2017 or 2018.
County taxes have increased in each of the last 2 years because of budget shortfalls. I’ve been an accountant and corporate controller for 40 years and have a pretty good handle on budgets, balance sheets and most things financial. It doesn’t take much more than a cursory glance to see that we are headed for major financial problems and even more long term debt unless we change our ways and start spending smarter.
Neighboring Susquehanna and Sullivan Counties used Act 13 funds to lower taxes. Bradford County has almost eliminated their debt. Here in Wyoming County we raised taxes and borrowed even more. Does it sound like we’re using our Act 13 funds wisely?
We’re out of control folks. Wyoming County is like a ship at sea with the captain asleep at the wheel. You deserve knowledgeable leadership that is fiscally responsible and concentrates on eliminating waste, saving money and not raising taxes. If elected, I promise to bring financial accountability to Wyoming County and seek answers to the tough questions.
If you agree, please vote Rick Wilbur, number 5 on your ballot…thank you!
I've lived in Exeter Twp. for years working hard to make it a better place. As a Township Supervisor for 17 years, I've been a conservative caretaker of township finances, kept taxes low with balanced budgets and never had a derogatory finding in any of the many audits we've undergone over the years. I took the lead guiding Exeter Township through the tragedy of several floods and brought home hundreds of thousands of dollars for residents for buyouts, cleanup and infrastructure repair. As your new County Commissioner, I pledge to you that I will continue to roll up my sleeves, work hard and do whatever it takes to solve any problem at hand no matter how big or small. I also promise that I will treat the position as County Commissioner as a job and will be a regular at the courthouse. You can't know what's going on if you're not there on a regular basis. Of course there are outside and evening obligations that will take some time away but I promise I won't be a stranger.
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