People Above Politics

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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County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz speaks to voters- Duration- 78 seconds

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Lebanon PA  17046

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Invest in my campaign for commissioner.  As a TEAM, we can overcome Big Money, and make this a People's Campaign.  Are you with me?

Each of us is at a different place in our life.  Some people can volunteer time.  Other people can provide financial support--$5, $50, or $500 a month.  Whatever your situation, your contribution of time and or money is gratefully appreciated.   

Your early and monthly donation will help Jo Ellen to get elected by printing literature, reserving media buys, ordering signs….  

Thank you for your help and support during this campaign.  Your unwavering commitment is the wind beneath my wings.

On election day, every vote matters.  You matter!  And I can't win this race without you.
 
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Thank you for your support and for all that you do.

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Team Litz:  Treasurer, Cathy Garrison

Honorary Chair:     Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll --a woman who broke the glass ceiling and contributed greatly to PA politics; born in 1930, died November 12, 2008.

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Budget Process

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During the month of August, various departments and agencies of the County prepare their individual budgets for the ensuing calendar year.  These individual budgets are submitted to the controller's office.

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The Controller's office consolidates all departmental and agency budgets into a comprehensive preliminary budget for the entire County.  The preliminary budget details both proposed expenditures and the means of financing them.  The Controller forwards the preliminary budget to the County commissioners by the end of October.

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During October or November, the County commissioners meet with each department and agency head to review their individual budgets as set forth in the preliminary County budget.

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Subsequently, the Controller's office reassembles the preliminary budget data and composes a final draft of the budget incorporating any revisions or adjustments resulting from the aforementioned review by the Commissioners.

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By early December, the final budget is presented to the Commissioners.   Pursuant to budgetary requirements as set forth in the County code, public notice is given that the final budget is available for inspection for a period of 20 days.

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After the 20 day inspection period but prior to December 31, the County Commissioners adopt the final budget by enacting an appropriate ordinance.

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Click Here to view the 2008 Budget report.

2005, 2004 then, for comparison, 2003 Budget

General Fund $29,993,255 35.72% $28,609,949 34.57% $29,113,411 37.88%
Renova Center $1,964,545 2.34% $1,850,980 2.065 $1,778,315 2.13%
Area Agency Aging $3,204,674 3.82% $3,238,848 3.86% $3,205,469 4.11%
Construction Fund $2,200,000 2.62% $5,860,000 7.09% $305,200 .40%
Mental Health Mental Retardation $13,864,797 16.51% $13,307,217 15.19% $12,563,032 15.39%
Domestic Relations $1,972,925 2.35% $1,841,803 1.71% $1,830,337 1.82%
Human Services $1,369,298 1.63% $1,237,467 1.50% $1,270,174 1.65%
Liquid Fuels $314,700 .37% $308,112 .37% $308,112 .40%
Drug and Alcohol $1,360,663 1.62% $1,012,852 1.22% $1,295,330 1.69%
Cedar Haven $21,912,558 26.1% $20,649,873 24.95% $20,793,768 27.05%
Crime Victims Services $110,658 .13% $125,031 .15% $148,640 .19%
Children and Youth $7,492,560 8.92% $7,312,149 7.01% $7,112,658 7.29%
EMA $1,937,240 2.31% $1,658,355      
TOTALS $83,959,146 100% $84,321,471 100% $76,859,066 100%

General Fund Revenue

  2005   2004   2003  
Real Estate Taxes $16,930,392 56.45% $13,245,831 46.30% $11,701,718 40.19%
Other Revenue (Weights & Measures Reimbursement, FireArms permits in City, State Equalization Board) $700 0% $700 0% $14,231 .05%
Court Costs and Fines (DJs, Court Costs & Fines, Prothonotary Arbitrator costs, Intensive Supervision Fees) $1,499,000 5% $1,417,000 4.95% $1,467,000 5.04%
Revenue--Use of Money (Interest, Ag Extension Building Rent, Legislative Office rent, Public Phone, County Farm) $407,181 1.36% $563,906 1.97% $723,049 2.48%
Grants & Gifts (State & Federal grants, State Game Lands, Public Utility Realty, Housing Authorities) 3,410,273 11.37% $3,311,836 11.58% $3,657,599 12.56%
Department Charges (Prison Work Release & Cost Recovery, Small Games of Chance permits, hunting & fishing licenses, building code fees, bingo permits,....) $5,156,400 17.19% $4,302,150 15.04% $3,461,320 11.89%
Non Revenue Receipts (Tax Claim postage & advertising reimbursement, City reimbursement of salaries, MH/MR mortgage reimbursement, EMA public safety fees, 10% court bail, hotel tax....) $2,198,040 7.33% $2,049,995 7.17% $2,197,695 7.55%
Cash and Investments $391,269 1.30% $3,718,531 13% $5,890,799 20.23%
TOTAL $29,993,255 100% $28,609,949 100% $29,113,411 100%

General Fund Expenses

  2005   2004   2003  
General Government Administration (commissioners, personnel, purchasing, Management Information System, Geographic Information System, County Buildings & Grounds, Weights & Measures, Planning & Zoning, Recorder of Deeds, Voter Registration, Tax Assessment, Public Defender, Postal Service, Tax Collectors, Tax Claim, Telephone, Treasurer, Controller, Solicitor, Printing) $6,366,507 21.23% $5,983,689 20.91% $5,515,436 18,94%
General Government Judicial (Detectives, DA, DJs, Register of Wills, Clerk of Courts, Prothonotary, Law Library, Constables, Coroner, Sheriff, Courts) $5,667,303 18.90% $5,367,222 18.76% $4,914,147 16.88%
Public Safety (EMA, electronic monitoring, roads & bridges, building security, juvenile probation, adult probation, fire companies, county prison) $8,980,069 29.94% $8,494,217 29.69% $9,336,650 32.07%
Human Services (Adult homemaker, Veteran's Affairs, Hospitals, COLT) $214,531 .72% $211,841 .74% $233,371 .8%
Culture/Recreation (Monument Park & Coleman's Park, Historical Society, Humane Society, Public libraries, recreation, SARCC) $257,600 .86% $599,260 2.09% $657,050 2.26%
Conservation/Development (Land preservation, ag extension, gypsy moth, conservation) $919,823 3.07% $751,738 2.63% $682,466 2.34%
Debt Services (Bonds ) $2,291,783 7.64% $2,585,728 9.04% $1,566,973 5.38%
Miscellaneous/Employee Benefits (Retirement contribution, prescription plan, health insurance, social security, life insurance) $1,476,812 4.92% $1,607,589 5.62% $3,018,938 10.37%
County Support, Grants & Other (Commissioner Community Grants, Area Agency on Aging, Domestic Relations, MHMR, Children & Youth, Renova Center, Tax Refunds, Un-appropriated funds) $3,818,727 12.73% $3,008,665 10.52% $3,188,380 10.95%
TOTAL $29,993,255 100% $28,609,949 100% $29,113,411 100%

1999, then 2000 BUDGET for comparison

General Fund $19,387,642- 99 $21,810,905- 00
Renova Center $1,542,545- 99 $1,576,535- 00
Area Agency on Aging $2,612,307- 99 $2,599,338- 00
Improvement Fund $356,100 -99 $5,526,224- 00
Mental Health MR $8,919.239- 99 $10,999,596- 00
Domestic Relations $1,183,585- 99 $1,313,586- 00
Human Services $807,301- 99 $943,284- 00
Liquid Fuels $303,163- 99 $339,500- 00
Crime Victims Service Program. $76,156- 99 $76,330- 00
Drug & Alcohol $1,092,316- 99 $941,541- 00
Cedar Haven $17,315,828- 99 $18,192,210- 00
Children & Youth $4,602,140- 99 $68,932,525- 00
TOTALS $68,198,322- 99 $68,932,525- 00

General Fund Revenue Sources:

                                       1999                 2000

Cash & Investments $1,483,444           $2,629,145
Non Revenue Receipts $1,346,616           $1,385,751
Department Charges $2,629,145           $2,981,695
Grants & Gifts $1,989,500           $2,629,145
Revenue-Use of Money $368,629            $552,129
Court Costs & Fines $995,000             $1,257,000
Other Revenue $11,330              $11,237
Real Estate Taxes $10,563,978           $10,752,866
TOTAL

$19,387,642           $21,810,905

General Fund Expenditures

County Support $2,362,316           $2,617,977
General Gov. Admin $3,420,822           $3,687,282
Misc./Employee benefits $3,561,290           $4,037,999
Debt Service $947,783             $1,562,924
Conservation & Dev $497,689             $597,996
Culture/Recreation $228,050             $240,650
Human Services $221,853             $213,778
Public Safety $5,010,579           $5,357,392
General Gov. Judicial $3,137,360           $3,494,907
TOTAL $19,387,642         $21,810,905

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