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2018 State of Luzerne County

LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) The State of the County is good according to Luzerne County officials.  The county manager insists that after years of struggling with massive debt the county has turned the corner.  The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick has the story.

"We are on solid ground but we built a foundation. We've made hard choices now the next step is where do we go from here?"

Luzerne County Manager Dave Pedri released his annual state of the county report this week and says there are many reasons for optimism.  The county council passed a $140 million dollar budget without a tax increase and has reduced its debt load to where it is now manageable..

County Council chairman Tim McGinley says the county can now borrow money and save millions in interest payments..

"Financially we've improved our position very well, So we now have a bond rating and we are able to refinance some major loans." Said McGinley

But Pedri says the county will face some major expenses in the next several years.--

 

"Some major issues we have coming up is Luzerne County 911 radio system that could be up to $20 million dollars purchase and  take a look at but that comes down to public safety."

 

Pedri says he and the county council are always looking for ways to cut expenses without impacting services for taxpayers

 


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