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Litz brings Local Government, Small Business, and Conservation Experience to the Table.

   Jo Ellen is a 5-term Lebanon County Commissioner who is the Boots on the Ground for local government implementing programs to Protect Children, Serve Families, Secure Justice, Manage Emergencies, and Safeguard Elections.  In short, Commissioner Litz Safeguards the Public Trust.

Whether it was the 2004 Campbelltown Tornado, Tropical Storm Lee in 2011, or the 30" 2016 Snowstorm Jonas,

I've been here for you.

Litz was elected by her peers from across the state of Pennsylvania to serve as the 2012 president and 2013 chairman of the Board for the statewide commissioner's association. 

Litz is about starting a conversation from public structures like roads and bridges, water and sewer, schools, and energy.  A sound infrastructure is the basis of a sound economy.  Litz believes we need these Economy Boosting Jobs to put money into the pockets of people so that they can buy homes, cars, and goods.  Litz supports a transportation plan to make our roads and bridges safe.  In this way, we will create good paying jobs, get people to these jobs, our goods to market, and children to schools. 

Jo Ellen served as the chair of the MPO (2012-15)--Metropolitan Planning Organization for Lebanon County--where she helps to prioritize local road and bridge projects with PennDOT and the Federal Highway Administration. 

Keep Litz doing the People's Business.


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Meeting Highlights - 4th quarter 1998

Votes taken by the Lebanon County Commissioners:

bullet12/31/98 The following leases were approved for County property:  the South Annville Farm with Copenhaver for $6600 per year; land near the driver center, $975 yearly; and the South Annville Township Police Garage behind the Bridge House in South Annville for $2,400.
bullet12/24/98  Final passage of the 1999 $58.2 million budget holding at 22.8 Mills.
bulletAn application was approved for submission to the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency in the amount of $45,946 to initiate a GateKeeper Program involving a citizen panel of volunteers to establish alternative punishment programs for convicted juveniles in exchange for dropped charges once punishment is complete.
bulletFamily Christian Fellowship was granted exoneration from $950 in taxes.
bulletConservation District Directors Connie Hoffer, Betty Conner, and Jo Ellen Litz were reappointed to the Conservation District Board.
bullet12/17/98 Approved a $2500 study to calculate benefits if an early retirement incentive is offered for employees age 55 with 10 years of service or 30 years of service at any age.  By law, this offer can only be made once every five years.
bulletHay Benefit group will prepare employee benefits statements.  the cost-of-living index will be paid at 90%.  Because of the excellent condition of the retirement fund, a vote was taken to move to the 1/70th class when figuring final salary, years of service, and class.
bullet12/16/98 Tabled a decision to reduce multi-denominational church services at prison to twice per month.  Will look into multiple services each Sunday.
bulletApproved a medical user fee of $4 for each prison inmate requesting to see the psychiatrist/psychologist or any mental health/mental retardation physician.
bulletApproved permission to charge prison inmates the same fee as the commissary supplier charge for over the counter medications (aspirin, Tylenol...).
bullet12/11/98 A court order was received from President Judge Eby to have 7 year old inactive Adult Probation Files destroyed on an annual basis.
bullet12/10/98  In the event of a Y2K disaster, discussed the County's emergency plan to provide shelter for needy area residents at 67 sites.
bulletApproved a Tax Increment Financing District for the Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corporation on the Union Township tract where Ingram Micro will build a computer distribution center.
bulletHeard an update on the Area Agency on Aging's data concerning a new bus for the Senior Centers.  Also accepted a $20,000 grant for improvement to the Myerstown Senior Activity Center.
bulletAdded Lincoln 5th for inclusion in the Keystone Opportunity Zone.
bullet12/3/98 A Keystone Opportunity Zone was approved designating 5 properties totaling around 100 acres in the City of Lebanon for a once and done 12 year tax-abatement program.   Based on economic conditions, the City is eligible.  This is the first tangible project proposed by the South Central Regional Assembly on Governance.   Properties may not have outstanding taxes or code violations, and the owner must occupy the site.  These same properties must be approved by the City, school district, and State.  They include:  the steel foundry (Lehman St.), Smutzy/HACM (across from Coleman's Park), Aspens (Lehman St.), Printed Terry (7th St.), & Colonial Theater (Cumberland St.).  The grant is issued through the Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED).
bulletIn an effort to be sure employees are fairly compensated, the first reading of the budget includes a $15,000 study by the Pennsylvania Economy League to review wages for about 525 non-union positions.
bulletThe MHMR budget was amended for Bill Mentzer at Mental Health/Mental Retardation to allow the purchase of a van for Susquehanna Development Services from Ladd Motors, the lowest bidder, at $17,269.
bulletPhyllis Holtry presented two additional bridge houses, at 319 and 329 S 10th St., Lebanon, for purchase by the County.
bullet11/25/98 Norma Bigham, Kaj Skov, and Jason Scheaffer from the Pennsylvania Rainbow Region Vacation Bureau informed the commissioner's of an upcoming fundraising effort to erect a new tourist bureau in front of the Lantern Lodge along Route 422 in Myerstown.   Administrative offices will remain at the Quality Inn.
bulletJim Thorpe was approved as a juvenile placement service at a rate of $129.50 per day.
bullet11/18/98  Commissioner Litz requested that the Warden seek suggestions from his staff for ways to save money on the operation of the Lebanon County Correctional Facility.
bulletDeclared an emergency to replace the Nurse Call Bell System on the second floor of "F" Wing at Cedar Haven.
bullet11/19/98  Agreed to consider a Resolution on December 10, 1998 for the creation of the Tax Increment Financing District in Union Township.
bulletAgreed to purchase  a property at 539 N 7th St., Lebanon for transitional housing for homeless persons with grant funds from the PA Department of Community and Economic Development.
bullet11/12/98 Signed a contract to upgrade accounting software in preparation for the year 2000.
bulletHired Spagnola & Cosack for advise in investing County's retirement funds.
bulletReleased a fixed allocation of Liquid Fuels funds to North Cornwall Township in the amount of $9,335.
bulletDetective Zechman received a grant for $6,195 to operate the DARE program at Northern Lebanon High School.
bulletJim Earnshaw, director of the county's data processing department, will head a committee to oversee Y2K compliance and another committee to standardize computer equipment purchases.  In addition, he requested and received a name change for his department to MIS--Management Information Systems.
bullet11/5/98  Effective January 1, 2000, a 1,326 square foot Adult Day Care Site will open at the Lebanon Valley Brethren Home, Palmyra, to care for 14 to 21 clients per day at a suggested donation of $15 per client per day.  This facility will join two other Lebanon County sites, one at Cedar Haven and the other at Messiah Lutheran Church which are at capacity with 62 active different users.
bullet10/21/98 Effective November 1, 1998, all levels of nursing home care at Cedar Haven will cost $135 per day, excluding per diem charges like tobacco, prescription medications, and other personal expenses which will be billed to each resident.
bullet10/15/98 A grant application in the amount of $48,034 was approved for submission to the Commonwealth of  Pennsylvania, Department of Transportation, for continuation of the Sobriety Checkpoint program for the year 1999.
bullet10/8/98  The following municipalities liquid fuel payments were approved for payment:  South Lebanon Township $18,614; Myerstown Borough $6,000; Bethel Township $13,000 and $4861.