Beaver County Courthouse / photo by John Paul

Republican Commissioner Dan Camp and Democratic Commissioner Tony Amadio joined together yesterday to adopt a proposed 2018 budget for public review. The move comes over the objection of Republican Commissioner Sandie Egley, who said the proposal fails to address financial problems that have led to Beaver County’s credit rating being downgraded twice over the past two years.

Under the proposed 2018 budget, Beaver County will continue to see deep structural imbalances with its ongoing expenses exceeding its ongoing revenues by millions.

While the 2017 budget saw a property tax increase of 17%, the proposed 2018 budget includes no tax increases. The budget will be balanced in part by skipping an estimated $1 million in contributions to the county’s pension fund and using approximately $2 million from this year’s refinancing of debt.

Next year will mark the third year in a row that the Republican majority Board of Commissioners rely on up-front proceeds from debt refinancing to balance the county’s books.

“Does [the budget] plant the seeds for future financial stability? No,” said Beaver County Financial Administrator Ricardo Luckow. “I think it’s always wise to plan for future financial stability.”

Commissioners Camp and Amadio declined comment during a public work session held on Wednesday when asked by the Beaver Countian about the budget’s structural imbalances.

Final action on the proposed budget will be taken at a public meeting scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on December 14th in the public meeting room of the courthouse.

See Also:

LISTEN: Commissioner Egley Calls Out Camp And Amadio On 2018 Budget Proposal During Public Meeting

State-Funded Study Shows County’s Budget Is Spiraling Out Of Control – Predicts Yearly Deficits Of $10 Million

Beaver County Taxpayers Lose $1.2 Million As A Result Of Downgraded Credit Rating Due To Budget Woes

In-Depth: Beaver Countian Challenges Amadio On Statements About The Budget – Amadio Tells Egley To “Keep Smiling”

Commissioners Tony Amadio And Dan Camp Issue Joint Statement Vowing Budget Will Include No Tax Increase

Commissioner Sandie Egley Responds: “This Is A Turning Point For Me.”

John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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Bret Brenner
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Bret Brenner

This should not come as a surprise to anyone…….but hey, keep voting the same way folks, it’s gotta change eventually right? Lol

Sorry4u
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Sorry4u

This is nothing more than “good cop bad cop” routine….plus the lowered credit rating hasn’t changed…and how about voting on 2017 minutes of commissioner mtgs?!

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wtf

irresponsible

Raven
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Raven

“Balanced” with “…deep structural imbalances with its ongoing expenses exceeding its ongoing revenues by millions.”

Yeh, that’s “balanced.” As balanced as an elephant and a chicken on a seesaw.

Must be the new math.

Gerald Benyo
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Gerald Benyo

Elephant and chicken on a seesaw. Thanks for the laugh and the image Raven

Notherenotkidding
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Notherenotkidding

Were the minutes from this meeting recorded? Are they going to be read, approved and filed for audit at the next meeting? This way, when The Tony and Dan show fails, there is an official record of who voted on this and how they voted.

Jim Fredericks
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Jim Fredericks

How do these two imbeciles plan to pay all the bills with all the shortfalls? Maybe Amadio will find the missing funds from the sale of Friendship Ridge! How about auditing all the personal accounts of all the people involved in the sale looking for unexplainable windfalls!

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Jim Fredericks- It would not hurt to copy and paste your comment, and forward it to all three, or the commissioner/s of your choosing. I know they read the BC, however if there is any doubt, send it to them directly segley@beavercountypa.govdcamp@beavercountypa.govtamadio@beavercountypa.gov Ask for a response.
May I suggest : Educate yourself on the Commissioners duties and responsibilities. More BC Citizens need to take a more proactive approach. Attend the meetings, and MAKE SURE your voice is being heard. tell them as a citizen/taxpayer you expect them to STICK TO THE COUNTY CODE, IT’S ALL WE CAN AFFORD. Thanks Jim