Lehigh County residents got mostly good news from Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller Aug. 31 when he unveiled his budget proposal with no tax increase for 2018.
Muller presented his fiscal plan at Cedarbrook nursing home, which is owned by the county. A small crowd, comprised mostly of county staff, politicians, local township officials and residents of the nursing home, attended.
This would be the fourth consecutive year the current administration has delivered a proposed budget with no tax increase, according to Muller.
Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller delivered the much-anticipated operational analysis for the Cedarbrook Nursing Home to the Lehigh County Committee on Cedarbrook Aug. 9. The analysis, done by Good Shepherd, presents options and their costs so the commissioners can better judge how to spend money on the two-campus facility.
Lehigh County Commissioner Brad Osborne expressed frustration at what he sees as slow progress on decisions concerning the 370-bed Cedarbrook Nursing Homes. According to Osborne, a much-anticipated operational analysis for Cedarbrook — which has been two years in the making — was delivered to Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller July 21. However, according to Osborne, Muller sent commissioners an email indicating he does not plan to forward the report until the Aug. 23 board meeting.
Osborne would like to see it sooner.
Lehigh County Board of Commissioners had a second reading of the $133,755,495 Lehigh County capital plan for 2018-22 and then passed several motions to amend the bill at its July 12 meeting. The capital plan, according to explanatory text in the ordinance, “is a policy statement only and is in no way to be construed as a budget or an appropriation.” A vote on the capital plan will be held at the next meeting July 26.
“The capital plan kind of kicks off the budget season,” Commissioner Michael Schware said in an interview.