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“Since 2016, we’ve moved Centre County forward by working with the over 550 dedicated men and women of Centre County Government, fellow elected officials and community members like you!”

“We need your continued support to keep building on the progress we’ve made.”


Creating a Safer Centre County

Battling the Opioid epidemic

  • Approved the creation of Centre County’s Drug Court

  • Secured a $400,000 grant to help fund the Drug Court

  • Partnered with the District Attorney’s Office to secure funding for prescription drop boxes

  • Federal grant for three additional Drug & Alcohol caseworkers with no County match needed

  • Creation of an evidence-based Recovery House to assist individuals in staying sober and helping them to transition back into the community

 

Reforming the Criminal Justice System

  • Reduced the number of Centre County returning citizens in the County Correctional Facility from 250 to 150.

  • Expanded mental health programs within the Correctional Facility

  • Established Drug Court

  • Fully-funded the DUI Court

Supporting First Responders


Building a Local Economy
that Works for Everyone

Investing in Job Creation

 

Paid PArental Leave

  • Implemented the first county paid parental leave in Central PA, providing county employees with six weeks paid time off after having a baby, adopting one or becoming a foster parent.

 

Broadband Expansion

  • Created public private partnership (P3) to address inadequate broadband service in rural parts of the County including Centre Hall, Bellefonte, and Penns Valley.

 

Fiscal Responsibility

  • No property tax increases in the 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Budgets.

  • On-time, balanced budgets

  • Refinancing of bond savings of over $800,000 for 2018 and $900,000 over the next decade

  • Paying down debt

  • Energy Savings Program saving the County millions of dollars over the next decade

 

Supporting Affordable Housing

  • No property tax increases to help keep homeownership affordable

  • Approved dozens of First Time Home Buyer loans to help residents realize their dream of homeownership

  • Three-year partnership with the Centre County Housing Land Trust for administration of housing projects

  • Partnered with the State College Community Land Trust with a $15,000 contribution towards Greenbuild from the County’s Affordable Housing Fund (link 1) (link 2)

  • Support letters for private developers applying for Pennsylvania Housing and Finance Authority grants and tax credits

 

Providing Better Education Opportunities

  • Invested record amount of $2,000,000 into our County Library System

  • Created emergency responders scholarship program to incentivize new volunteers for fire, police, and EMS. In 2018, 9 residents were awarded scholarship. By the end of 2019, nearly $30,000 invested in first responder scholarships.

  • Partnered with the Centre County Library & Historical Museum Board to receive a $27,000 Keystone Library grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to replace an HVAC system at the Philipsburg Holt Memorial Library.


 

Restoring Trust in County Government

Increasing transparency and open government

  • Ended surprise votes by the Board of Commissioners

  • Banned campaigning in County offices

  • Released more information about the county budget and financial decisions on the County’s website

  • Held and attended countless town hall meetings on issues like the opioid epidemic, new voting machines, economic development, transportation funding, support for rural communities, and other pressing topics

  • Held cooperative, joint Town Hall Meetings with the Borough of Bellefonte, the county’s seat

 

Safeguarding Our Elections & Increasing Voter participation

  • New Voting Machines
    ✅ Paper ballots
    ✅ Fully Auditable
    ✅ Federally certified
    ✅ State certified
    ✅ ADA compliant
    ✅ 5-year hardware & software maintenance agreement

  • Record turnout for a Presidential Election (2016)

  • Record turnout for a Mid-Term Election (2018)

  • Passed a resolution in support of redistricting reform and putting an end to gerrymandering

 

Protecting the Environment

  • Solar Panel Project RFP - 1.2 Megawatts to be located at the County Correctional Facility

  • Energy Savings Program drastically reduces the carbon footprint of County Government

  • County Agricultural Land Board preserved record number of farms and agricultural land while maintaining County contribution level. Leveraged the additional funds through partnerships with municipalities and additional Federal funding.

  • Investments in water and sewer projects to protect stream quality, including:

    • Sinking Creek, a naturally reproducing and stocked trout stream

    • Elk Creek, a class A trout stream

  • Watershed projects to help keep our streams clean. In 2019, County Conservation District received record Growing Greener grant for numerous properties.

 

Bringing county Buildings into the 21st Century

  • New roof for the Centre County Sheriff’s building with a 25-year warranty

  • Solar Panels Project

  • Upgraded the camera system at the County Correctional Facility at a savings of $500,000

  • $4,700,000 Energy Savings Program saving the County millions of dollars over the next decade

    • LED lighting replacement throughout County buildings with a projected savings of $1.5 million over the next two decades

    • County Wide Building Envelope Upgrades

    • Courthouse HVAC & Controls Upgrades

    • Correctional Facility Fluid Cooler installation to improve the efficiency of the geothermal system.

    • Prison DHW & Kitchen RTU Replacement

    • Willowbank Make-up Air Systems Unit, Fluid Cooler, and Boiler Plant & Controls Upgrade

    • Sheriff's Office Heating & Controls Upgrade, Window Replacement, Interior Repairs


 

Increasing Services, Not Property Taxes

Fiscal Responsibility

  • No property tax increases in the 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Budgets.

  • On-time, balanced budgets

  • Refinancing of bond savings of over $800,000 for 2018 and $900,000 over the next decade

  • On-time debt payments

  • Energy Savings Program saving the County millions of dollars over the next decade

 

Rebuilding our infrastructure

Record Investments in our roads and bridges

  • $2,000,000 grant from PennDOT for replacement of two structurally deficient bridges:

    • Railroad Street (Bellefonte Borough)

    • Mill Street (Howard Borough)

  • $1,360,000 grant from PennDOT for major rehabilitation of three structurally deficient, large span bridges:

    • Fox Gap Road Bridge (Miles Twp)

    • Lower Coleville Road Bridge (Spring Twp)

    • Front Street Bridge (Curtin Twp)

  • Leveraging $2,000,000 of state RoadMAP funding for safety projects

  • Largest single-year allocation of $364,235 for transportation safety projects in the history of Centre County (2018)

  • Key vote to earmark funds from the Centre County Metropolitan Planning Organization towards the I-80/I-99 project totaling over $100,000,000 which was successfully funded by an INFRA grant from the US Department of Transportation and matching funds from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Also, supported the CBICC’s Drive Forward Initiative to encourage additional investment in our transportation infrastructure.

Investments in water and sewer projects through Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)

  • $959,000 - Pennsylvania’s largest CDBG ever - for the Potters Mills wastewater project

  • $332,462 - Unionville Borough Construction of a finished water tank

  • $489,380 - Millheim Borough Replacement of Water Transmission main line

  • $30,000 - Village of Potters Mills Gap Wastewater Sewer Lateral Assistance

 

Enhanced Services for Seniors

 

Supporting & Honoring Our Veterans

  • Increased the staffing of the Veterans Affairs Office by 50% to process more claims

  • Record number of veterans being served by our tremendous staff and volunteers

  • Secured Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission grant for preservation of Soldiers and Sailors Memorial and Andrew Gregg Curtin Monument outside of Centre County Courthouse, dedicated in November 2018.