2008-11-20 / Local & State

Adopt Countywide LERTA Resolution

Commissioners
STAFF REPORT

Judicial candidate Shawn Meyers greets county Prothonotary Patty Suders Fix, left, at his campaign announcement held last Thursday at the McConnellsburg Firehall. Meyers was accompanied by wife Nancy, right, during the event. Judicial candidate Shawn Meyers greets county Prothonotary Patty Suders Fix, left, at his campaign announcement held last Thursday at the McConnellsburg Firehall. Meyers was accompanied by wife Nancy, right, during the event. In hopes of encouraging new businesses to locate into the area and bolster the local economy, the Fulton County commissioners again revisited the topic of enacting a countywide resolution offering tax assistance.

During a hearing held Tuesday afternoon with county solicitor Stanley Kerlin, the group reviewed a proposed ordinance detailing provisions of Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA). LERTA had previously been offered in select areas of the county. Through the newly proposed ordinance, which was adopted unanimously by the commissioners Tuesday, LERTA will now be available on a countywide basis regardless of actions of other local taxing bodies. The ordinance will become effective five days following its enactment.

In election-related matters, the commissioners said they had spoken with multiple poll workers following the November 4 presidential election pertaining to deceased residents still being listed on the county's list of registered voters. In hopes of reducing those numbers and making the list more current, the county will begin looking into archived obituaries. Residents are also encouraged to present copies of family member obituaries along with their address and date of birth to the commissioners office to have the individual's name removed from the county's list of registered voters.

Funding through the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) is being utilized to purchase two AutoMark voting machines as well as two M- 100 ballot scanners. During prior Election Day emergencies, electronic voting machines were taken from smaller municipalities and used in townships where problems were encountered. The purchase agreement for the machines totalled $19,130.

Furthermore, the commissioners added voting machines previously kept at polling places that did not offer a temperature-controlled setting had been relocated to the Hustontown Senior Center.

Vince Joyce of the EMA/911 office along with Jerry Land and Victoria Church from TransCore discussed changes in communications technology and the need for the county to develop an emergency communications strategy. A proposal was made to form a county Emergency Communications Committee.

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