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No tax hike in county proposal

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Board vote on budget is expected in October

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.

County commissioner concerned with Cedarbrook progress

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

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.

County board of commissioners doles out casino host funds

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

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.