Republican Beaver County Commissioner Sandie Egley says the proposed 2018 budget does nothing to address the county’s serious financial problems. Egley’s lengthy remarks were made during today’s public work session, with her criticizing fellow Republican Commissioner Dan Camp and Democratic Commissioner Tony Amadio for what she called their failure to make the hard decisions necessary to prevent a continued downward spiraling of the county’s budget.

“I don’t think that we’re making the decisions that are in the best interest of the county and where we are right now, and dealing with the things we’re dealing with,” concluded Egley, who rattled off a laundry list of budgetary proposals she has made that have been rejected by her fellow Commissioners.

Commissioners Camp and Amadio refused to respond to Commissioner Egley’s remarks when asked their thoughts about the proposed budget during a question and answer session at the end of the meeting.

Commissioner Sandie Egley’s remarks can be heard in this 12 minute recording by the Beaver Countian:


Commissioners Camp and Amadio Refuse To Comment When Asked By The Beaver Countian About The Proposed Budget:


See Also:

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.”

66 COMMENTS

    • The male commissioners need to grow a pair, forget their old buddies, and pass a budget that will help heal the county’s budget and get rid of the crap that can be outsourced. If the people in Economy want that pool kept open, buy it from the county and sell pool passes. Hunting licenses… go to a sporting goods store dog licenses go to the humane society. Do county employees want something notarized? Have them pay the normal rate and not a discount. Get rid of the retired employees working the thousand hours, stop letting the B.C.S.O take cars home. There is so much that could be done to trim the fat of wasteful spending.

       
  1. Amadio and Camp sit in a state of confusion. Camp is so bored with Commissioner Egley’s lengthy remarks, that he scans through his phone, with complete indifference to real time proceedings. Amadio, will occasionally ask a question. The questions he will pose are always ones he knows the answer to. Somehow he must feel that makes him seem informed. No solutions, or planning is offered by either commissioner. These two are working for some friends who might really give them hell about their decisions. They are not working for ALL Beaver Countians. The Financial Administrator, warns of a bleak economic future for Beaver County …. and what do we get “NO COMMENT.” It’s time for everyone to give them hell, and demand some accountability.

     
  2. SANDY YOU ARE AWESOME.
    I AGREE WITH YOU 1000%.
    YOUR PLAN COULD WORK & WOULD WORK IF THE OTHER TWO WOULD GET ON BOARD WITH YOU. LOVE HOW YOU THINK. COMMON SENSE. GOOD LUCK. 👍

     
  3. All incumbent commissioners must go! All three of them are incompetent and unqualified. We need to vote into office, 3 candidates who actually have a basic understanding of economics and are capable of efficiently executing the duty of their offices rather than galavanting around to unnecessary events and bickering amongst themselves like 3 year olds. Dan get off the phone, tony stop sleeping and sandie try staying in the court house during work hours, the pens didn’t need you to hold their hand in D.C.

     
  4. Impressive ideas by Sandie, the other two are absolutely USELESS.
    She said stick to the county code, it’s all we can afford.

    Where are all the ideas from Amadio and Camp? They just want to get by and get re-elected. Keep kicking the can down the road. Amadio just pretends all is ok, the finances aren’t so bleak, Sandie is an alarmist but now there is an impartial study that says we have serious financial problems.

    Shut down the pools, sell the ice arena– think of it this way- should elderly people lose their homes so kids can swim? It would be great to have family activities that would draw people to Beaver County but if you can’t afford it and they are in bad shape now I don’t see how it can continue.

    Unless they do some tough negotiating and have county employees pay more of their health insurance and have a 401K that the County would contribute a percentage into instead of the pension plans nobody can afford? You know, pension and benefit plans similar to what people in the real world have.

    Subcontract out anything you can so we don’t have to pay the benefits.

    Go after delinquent taxes, no special treatment for anyone.

    I agree with Sandie, hard decisions need to be made.
    At least when I pay my school taxes, I know it’s for the kids.
    I don’t see where I get anything for my county taxes and I sure don’t want to keep paying more and I don’t want to see people losing their homes.
    Something has to give

     
  5. First off , check your phone before a critical meeting Mr Camp.
    Second , it’s time they check their egos at the door and work on a solution together for the people they represent !!!

     
  6. They all have been making decisions that are in the best interest of them. Not only them, everyone in county government have been for years. The fastest way to fix this problem is to switch out officials and employees in the courthouse with patients at the mental health ward. That way, the courthouse will have competent workers and the mental health ward will have legitimate patients.

     
  7. who does sandy think she is bringing logic and common sense into a county meeting. no wonder the other two were stunned and silent. this is all new to them

     
  8. I would look at every county dept and agency including the airport, public works, office on ageing, ice arena, child care services, weatherization program, head start program, sheriffs dept, etc. Slash all unnecessary employees, expenses and contracts.

     
  9. Bottom line, they are all a gang of slow walking, fast talking cons “pun intended” that have honed their skills to bamboozle the public. Bribery, favoritism, nepotism, cronyism and embezzlement of funds remain the most prevalent form of corruption in counties. Irregularities include, abuse of office, conflict of interest and shoddy implementation of projects follow in the order of the form of a hustle being perpetuated in county government. County governments may be more susceptible to corruption because interactions between friends and officials happen at greater levels of intimacy and with more frequency, resulting in what is known as “the kick”. The only way to curb it is a Federal investigation and indictment. That’s my opinion. One more thing, anyone that has been sexually harassed or abused by another employee or county official, now is the time to speak out.

     
  10. Conehead and Sleeper don’t answer because they CAN’T. A high school graduate and a retired high school history teacher with 8th grade math skills, or less, simply are not up to the demands of the job. Add to that their favoritisms and obligations to friends and family, and yes, questionable intellect, and you have two who are must needs dead in the water. And yes, name-calling fits here, because they deserve absolutely no respect at all.

     
    • This is so sad. I had such hopeful optimism when the election gave us two out of three “Republican/Conservative” commissioners. Well, it appears now that we only have one. It’s way past time that the Beaver County taxpayers start demanding accountability!! How about showing up at the public commissioners’ meetings?!

       
  11. Danny calmly asking Sandie, with an unmistakable tone of smart-ass, if she is proposing something during her rant. No Danny, it sounds like she has been trying to propose solutions all freakin’ year and you’ve been too busy playing candy crush to engage. You’ve rolled up with Amadio and you’re following his playbook. But what you clearly don’t understand is how deep Amadio’s playbook really is. His sole purpose, as the minority Commissioner, is to come between the majority Commissioners. And you’ve played right into it. You might be thinking that you’re a big man, making moves, making a name for yourself. But you’re not. You’re a puppet, and it doesn’t seem to matter to you who has their hand up your ass. Until you realize that and decide to stand for something (preferably what you promised us when running for office), you’re legacy will be that of a sheep, not a shepherd

     
    • You have HIT THE NAIL on the “proverbial head”! This is EXACTLY what has happened!! So frustrating for the voters who really did not have much of a choice except to vote for who was on the Republican ticket! What was Jim Christiana thinking??????

       
  12. Sad… Listen to the woman talk. It’s like a First grade teacher counseling a wayward child on making wrong choices. Neither of the other two could articulate the issues, much less respond. Sad…

    Sleeper, there are some good retiree after school student tutoring jobs at local elementary schools. Conehead, I hear that there might be a bartender opening at Zooky’s.

     
  13. Unfortunately this is Government and how it works. Not only at the county level but at the city, Twp and Boro level. I’m much more interested in what’s going on within the town I live in. There’s more of a chance to change the locals than big government. I’d be more interested in seeing budget numbers rather than hearsay. What some politicians see are sometimes misinterpreted.

     
    • Can the county afford to maintain a swimming pool for Economy, an ice rink for the rich that can afford to pay their way? It’s time to pare government bloat down & eliminate redundancy and prioritize what we can afford and what we really need. Put electronic monitors on sheriff cars to provides a ready log of miles driven, where and why. Can be accessed only by commissioners to curtail the waste, fraud and abuse that has been a hallmark of the Sheriff’s department for as long as I can remember. Reduce the Sheriff budget to avoid overtime padding and being forced into hiring more full time due to creative scheduling that allows candidates to exceed part time hours. Perform only duties that are in the county code and anything else take the Midget to court and get an injunction. DPW is a bastion of family and friends Inc hires. Reduce staff their only to that this required and subcontract out the rest. Block Stonewall’s attempt at building a Nazi gestapo unit that is entirely duplicative of the state police program. Nice to have but absolutely not realistic due to tax base erosion. I wish that the department heads and elected officials would think of the elderly and the crushing burden they are placing on the taxpayers. They are not piggy banks to plunder for your own egos and ineptitude. We know what you losers really are. Corrupt, self serving pompous asses that need their ego stroked to feel important. Get over yourselves and your petty politics. taxpayers come first!

       
    • Not misinterpreted but intentional misleading of the citizenry for political purposes. keep in the dark and feed them shit like mushrooms. The apathy in this county is appalling.

       
  14. Absolutely! Shut down the parks, the pools, ice arena etc. This county has nothing to do now. Life in Beaver County goes into a dead zone between the ages of 18 and 65. Once you graduate from the glory days of the Fightin’ Whatevers, it’s just a wait until you hit 65 and can go get your blood pressure checked and a cup of coffee and a doughnut for free on the Senior Expo circuit. The in-betweens can go to the car cruises, the occasional Jaggerz reunion, buy lottery tickets or play cards outside the ol’ B&W plant waiting for Trump to re-open the mill.

    This county is a shit-poor Urban Appalachia hole that gets ripped off at every turn from the inside and out. That’s where your money goes, Charlie Brown.

     
    • These closures are needed now because of the past rape and pillage of the taxpayers. As a wise man once said, “The chickens are coming home to roost!” We now are paying for the corruption and mismanagement of the last 30 years. The future isn’t looking too good either brothers & sisters.

       
      • Sooooo……….You’re saying the “Reverend” Jeremiah Wright is a “wise person”?!
        The little man that said “God damn America”?!
        If so, you just lost all credibility in ANYTHING you have to say EVER again!

         
      • Well, I like our parks and I look around the area at what Washington has, Cranberry, Robinson, Westmoreland County , Pittsburgh, even Lawrence and Butler County. If this is just going to be subsistence living where the social “highlights” are waiting until halftime to get into high school football for free or the fish fry’s or hoping the grandkids come over for an hour on the weekend, then goodbye BC. We have a couple nice, decent things around here, but take those out and what’s the incentive to stay here?

         
  15. No need to look at a 5 year outlook. All of you will be working for the turnpike commission after next election.

     
  16. It’s Amateur Hour once again in Beaver County. We all balance our check books and the commissioners are no different. Beaver County cant pay its bills with monopoly money. We are in SERIOUS trouble after years of mismanagement. It seems like Sandie’s proposed cuts are going to be too little too late. We are all going to take it up the tail pipe with an Allegheny county like tax increase. I see no way out of it other than to raise taxes. They gave SHELL decades of tax breaks for 400-600 jobs. SHELL’S taxes could have taken care of our problem. I wish JP would dig into whose palms got greased on that deal.

     
  17. My observation, for what it’s worth: 1- Amadio and Camp will never step down. 2- I don’t believe this is a good cop bad cop routine. I was at the meeting there is real disdaid for Sandie and total lack of interest/respect for what she feels is necessary in the coming years. 3-In absolute agreement with QTAXPAYER -Look at every county dept and agency including the airport, public works, office on ageing, ice arena, child care services, weatherization program, head start program, sheriffs dept, etc. Slash all unnecessary employees, expenses and contracts. 4-What was Jim Christiana thinking? In my opinion who cares, just insure that his political career ends at the end of his term as State Representative, claiming to be an “OUTSIDER,” how much of an outsider was he as he involved himself in a local election. 5- Love Ya Raven …Camp, DAN CAMP? A BARTENDER ? He has already proven he can’t make CHANGE.
    6- to me , most important to Beaver Countians is RIGHT NOW, this budget, CHANGE is needed .. STICK TO THE COUNTY CODE, IT’S ALL WE CAN AFFORD !
    Thank you Sandie, and of course JohnPaul/BC.

     
  18. I wish these two articles had dealt with two of the Commissioners stealing 10 million dollars from the County and building a condo complex in Florida with it. That would be easy to understand and deal with. But when incompetence is the problem, that’s even worse. We are stuck with two people who don’t have the skills or intellect or desire to solve the problems. I’ll take flat out corruption over stupidity anytime.

     
  19. The same people who laughed when confronted with J&L closing and the demise of the steel industry are still living in their dream world of the 70’s. They refuse to believe economic reality of the current county bloated government. This is in no small part due to the BC Times refusing to do one iota of investigating the county financial situation. Those old timers still relying on the Times are being deluded into thinking this is just a scare tactic. it is the farthest thing from the truth. The seniors and those on fixed incomes will be driven from their property by over taxation. Where will they go? The Ridge? Sandie will NEVER be able to get the Sleeper and Candy Crush Kid on board. They hate the fact that she is exposing them for the frauds they are. The truth is they only care about reelection. Their mantra will be “At least we didn’t raise taxes for 8 years” Remember that quote Tony A? That’s why we are in the shit hole we are in now and Conehead is riding the barrel over the falls with you. Danny Boy, you are so naïve to think that Sleeper won’t turn on you like a snake. Remember what he was before you picked him up? A snake.

     
  20. Don’t want to stray too far off topic BUT @Amateur Hour- another property deal in Potter Twp. This time it’s 54 acres, no sale price yet announced. Multi Billion$ Royal Dutch Shell. Paid $2.5 million for the Kobuta Hotel property. Now 54 acres …The counties take ? 400-600 jobs, and many people struggling to pay their taxes.

     

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  21. Can the county afford to maintain a swimming pool for Economy, an ice rink for the rich that can afford to pay their way? It’s time to pare government bloat down & eliminate redundancy and prioritize what we can afford and what we really need. Put electronic monitors on sheriff cars to provides a ready log of miles driven, where and why. Can be accessed only by commissioners to curtail the waste, fraud and abuse that has been a hallmark of the Sheriff’s department for as long as I can remember. Reduce the Sheriff budget to avoid overtime padding and being forced into hiring more full time due to creative scheduling that allows candidates to exceed part time hours. Perform only duties that are in the county code and anything else take the Midget to court and get an injunction. DPW is a bastion of family and friends Inc hires. Reduce staff their only to that this required and subcontract out the rest. Block Stonewall’s attempt at building a Nazi gestapo unit that is entirely duplicative of the state police program. Nice to have but absolutely not realistic due to tax base erosion. I wish that the department heads and elected officials would think of the elderly and the crushing burden they are placing on the taxpayers. They are not piggy banks to plunder for your own egos and ineptitude. We know what you losers really are. Corrupt, self serving pompous asses that need their ego stroked to feel important. Get over yourselves and your petty politics. taxpayers come first!

     
  22. Does commissioner Camp think his childish, contentious tone is effective? Asking if there were savings from abolishing the jury commission…shouldn’t he know that answer already? And it’s “inefficient” not “unefficient”. Learn how to speak English, geez.

     
    • It’s no more effective than sandie’s condescending supercilious attitude or tony’s apathetic outlook on everything. All commissioners must be voted out for any headway to be made. We can discuss ad nauseum the downfalls of the current board or simply vote our opinions at the polls, get out and campaign for a better board to help create the change necessary to move this county forward for the better!

       
      • @James T Kirk..I totally agree, time to drain the Commissioner Swamp. If Dan and Tony lose and Sandie is re-elected, who’s to say she won’t be the negative voter once again with the new Board. Time for all 3 to go!!!

         
  23. I’ve been workin’ on a song I’ve got the title but I’ll need some help with the lyrics. It’s called “We’d all be in the Poor House, but Shell tore it down.”

     

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    • Actually it was a near self sustaining farm when the county sold it to St Joe and then built the Gerry Center. But that poor house has been around since the 1920’s I’m told. Probably was very important when the depression hit in 1929.

       
  24. Today’s BCT’s article starts out,

    “BEAVER – A proposed 2018 budget the Beaver County Commissioners unveiled Thursday is balanced and doesn’t include a property tax increase.”

    Am I missing something?

     
    • Raven, you may need to listen to the clip again. Even your messiah said the budget at hand was balanced.

       
  25. I thought we voted in two republicans to change things in beaver co.
    Looks like Sandy is going to have to find a REAL Republican to run with her next time.

     
  26. Seems to me Sandie is the only one with any ideas. Heard nothing from the other two. I don’t think we should expect Sandie to be the only one who cares. Maybe she isn’t the best but at least she’s trying.

     
    • I agree. What’s scary is.. why would she want to run again? I bet she’s gone after this term.. and who could blame her.

       
  27. I am glad to see that at least one of the commissioners has the balls to stand up and speak the truth while her counterparts sit in silence. It has been over 18 months now since Sandie made her way to the State Police with information on the corruption she found in her then short tenure as Chairperson of the Commissioners. Lozier stepped in and said NO, that is my job. Okay then, 21 months later and what does he have to show for the evidence that was handed to him ?

    “The Pennsylvania State Police were conducting an “unauthorized investigation………. according to District Attorney David Lozier. The District Attorney tells the Beaver Countian that he has put an end to their investigation, and the State Police have now relinquished all of their investigative files to him.”

     
  28. IMHO ONLY!
    The problem here people is that you all think that the commissioners run the county. In theory you would be correct.
    Sandie is doing her job. To the best of her ability. She is fighting a losing battle. Why? Because she cannot be bought. Period. No “Political Dirt” in her background.
    Tony has been bought and paid for many years ago. Period.
    Dan Camp has recently been bought by the “Powers to be” so to speak. Cannot be any other explanation for his behavior. Lets face it, he does have some “Political Dirt” in his namesake, so to speak. Plus he’s young and trying to make a name for himself.
    I told you people years ago, if you knew what actually goes on down at the court house and county government in general, you would have to wrap your head in duct tape so when it explodes you would not lose any parts of your head. I also told you people to PAY ATTENTION!
    JP, good job on bringing all the corruption and BS to light. Sadly, you have yet to even scratch the surface of how bad it really is.
    All I can say is, FOLLOW THE MONEY!
    Money is POWER!
    IMHO ONLY!

     
  29. One more time, JohnQ? Are you out there. Can you help poor rantin’ Raven out on this issue. In combination the two of you have commented twelve, 12 times. Can you please show your investigative skills and answer Raven’s question ” Am I missing something? ” Better yet, Raven when you figure this out, Oh worded one, can you promise to follow the bouncing ball, before being so zealous to comment.

     
  30. Does anybody know where that 36 million dollars went?……….We where NOT 36 million in the hole, so, where is all that money?
    Did I miss something here?

     
  31. Tony we know you only care about the paycheck.
    Dan you only got elected because of your last name.
    Fact: Wall Street has downgraded the Beaver County credit rating.
    Opinion: the county government is operating a lean machine but just doesn’t have the revenue to pay for it.
    Prediction: Tony and Dan will get re-elected and Sandie will loose. After the election reassessment will be court ordered and Tony won’t run again and Dan will loose that election.

     
    • “My mistake.” that’s better than, well may I illustrate with a photo? Don’t dig yourself in too deep, you were a little slow on the uptake, and there was no John Q to the rescue.

       

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