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.


As We Ignite our Generation 2015 - Duration- 3 minutes, 59 seconds


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


Campaign/Rail Trail Map Postcard.pdf

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Meeting Highlights

bulletGet Updates: Demand open government and transparency, like her 24/7 access to YouTube videos of meetings Local Government 2 - Playlist... To receive email or text alerts, send your contact information to Jo Ellen at or text 717.644-4698 .

Litz Co Commercial Rentals, 1.386 acre Property Available with established Rt 422 access & curb cuts.  Out of the flood plain.  Shovel ready with public water, sewer, electricity, gas & cable.  Zoned C2 General Commercial in N Lebanon Twp.  Another fast growing municipality, N Cornwall Twp is across Route 422.  Drone tour of subject site:


My Blog on the Lebanon Daily News site:


LINKED IN Jo Ellen Litz


YouTube posts by Commissioner Litz:  



Taking Action, Getting Results.


NEED HELP?  Try one of these resources:


Human Services 2015 Directory

bullet "No Wrong Door"-2016 Lebanon County Resource Guide

Community Resource Manual,28MB.pdf


Public Officials Directory prepared by LC Planning Department



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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/or 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.


Volunteer  today  Jo Ellen Litz


Thank you for your support and for all that you do.

Sincerely, Jo Ellen

People Above Politics

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.

Jo Ellen Litz Campaign Video

Swatara Watershed Association 


ABWA Homepage link

American Business Women's Association

Lebanon County Commission for Women


Woman's Club of Lebanon


Web site paid for by Jo Ellen Litz. 

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Litz on Lebanon

Jo Ellen Litz,  County Commissioner 1996-99 & 2004-2014

Lebanon County Community Resource Manual

Manual De Recurso de la Comunidad del Condado de Lebanon

Once downloaded and saved to your computer, this 11.28MB searchable pdf file will provide you with information on municipalities, fire companies, police, ambulances..., and special features from PEMA and FEMA on creating a family plan; talking to your child in the wake of a disaster; what to do when you evacuate your farm; and provides information on choosing a contractor after a disaster.  Even with a faster speed Internet, be prepared to wait a while for the download. 

Meeting Highlights


As our state legislators consider options for Tax Fairness, it may help you to have CCAP's tax calculator to see how changes will impact your property taxes.

County Services & more: 


Absentee Ballots, Poll Locations & More Voter Registration Office 


Assessment Appeals, Clean and Green, UPI Index  Assessment


Birth, Death & Marriage certificates 


Building, Sewage, Subdivision, Zoning, MPO, Comprehensive Plan...  Planning


County Job Application...  Human Resources


Court Calendar, Jury Duty, Attorney List...  Court System


Court of Common Pleas Web Docket Sheets  select 'other criteria,' then enter a name, & choose a county.


Death Records


Dog, Hunting, and Fishing Licenses; Hotel Tax; Real Estate Tax Payments; Tax Collectors Treasurers Office 


Fire Departments, Dispatch Feed.... Local Emergency Coordinators


174 page Human Services Directory


Interred War Veterans  Veterans Affairs


bullet When an incident or emergency occurs, authorized senders will instantly notify you using AlertPA.  AlertPA is your personal connection to real-time updates, instructions on where to go, what to do, or what not to do, who to report to and other important information.

 Ficticious and Corporate Name Documents Search


Ethics statement search:


IRS Non Profit Form 990, 990 Tax Forms | Foundation Center


Language Translator - 150 words from English to 12 different languages, or vice versa.  BabelFish - Free Online Translator


Lebanon County Telephone Numbers  Click Here


Legislative Directory  Planning scroll down page.


 Megan's Law (sexual predator search)


Monitor Fire Calls 


Maps from the PA Data Center 


Recording a Deed Recorder of Deeds


State Government phone numbers


Upset Property Sales  Sheriffs Office

With help from people who live in the community, Commissioner Litz presents 15 Books, Lists, &/or other documents she helped to create, write, edit, &/or publish.  For your enjoyment, also included are the Coleman Park Master Plan, & County Recreation & Tourism Maps.  Enjoy.


bulletEELS--An SWA Publication; a living history. Envisioning an Environmental Legacy for the Swatara,  parts of Lebanon, Dauphin, Schuylkill & Berks counties:
bullet Community Resource Manual: put together after the 2004 Campbelltown Tornado. Fire companies, police stations, municipal buildings, what to say to your child after a disaster.... CommResourceGuide.pdf
bullet Mills and Bank Barns:  A Swatara Watershed Assn Publication Tourism/Mills and Bank Barns Book.pdf


bullet 7 Wonders: 7_wonders_of_lebanon_county.htm
bullet Dutch Country Roads in Lebanon PA Tourism/Dutch County Roads in Lebanon County.pdf
bullet Eat Local:
bulletFarm Markets--Support our Farmers: Buy
Fresh, Buy Local
bulletIce Cream Shops: Ice Cream.pdf
bulletGhost Tours of Old Building Locations:  Ghost Tour of Lebanon County Buildings.pdf  
bullet Lebanon County Dutch Country Roads:
bulletLebanon Trivia: trivia.htm
bulletRetail Wish List retail_wish_list.htm
bulletShop Local:  shop_local.htm
bulletStained Glass Tour:  Stained glass window tour.doc.pdf


bullet 60-mile Swatara Water Trail and Map  Swatara%20Water%20Trail.pdf
bulletColeman Park Master Plan:  Coleman_Memorial_Park_MSP_DRAFT.pdf
bullet County Recreation Map:  Recreation Map.pdf
bullet County Tourism Map:  Tourism Map.pdf
bullet County Commissioners of Lebanon, Political History:  political_history.htm
bullet Lebanon County Courthouse on PCN. Created during our Bicentennial.  LebanonCountyCourthouse.aspx
bulletLebanon County, We're Not Just Full of Bologna  postcards available 10 for a $10 donation to Team Litz.
bullet Women's History: Womens_History.aspx

"Prevention Magazine's February 2007 issue reminds us to ICE your cell phones! Go to your Contacts list and add the numbers of people who emergency personnel could call in case you're incapacitated and can't tell them yourself. Then list those contacts as ICE (In Case of Emergency). Have more than one emergency contact, like a spouse and a grown child or close friend? List them as ICE1 and ICE2. It could save your life." 

A letter from Jo Ellen                                 Tornado Coverage 7/14/04

Having served four years in county government, I have a heightened respect for the work ethic of Lebanon County employees who are to be commended for their professionalism, hours of dedication and commitment to serve the families of Lebanon County. 

There was a great cooperation among Supervisors, Mayors, and Council members too.

We live in a great community.  I received a precious gift--the chance to serve as a Lebanon County Commissioner, then receive the approval of over 7,000 voters--priceless.  Thank you.

Congratulations to Lebanon County on their new web site that went online September 21, 2002.  To visit the official County site, visit .  Lebanon is located immediately east of Hershey and north of Lancaster in the state of Pennsylvania.



Second Term:  It takes three commissioners with varied backgrounds and opinions to run a county.  Before it was fashionable, I worked to make government transparent by providing a web site, newsletter, and weekly email alerts with timely county information. 

With full-time leadership and experience, Jo Ellen Litz, puts People Above Politics by Taking Action, Getting Results--Whether it's saving you over $1.5 million, preserving your voting precinct, or improving your quality of life, Litz watches your tax dollars as if they were her own. 

 Results (approximate)—Litz initiatives (in red) saved:

1. $800,000+ by picking a solvent company to supply voting machines;

2. $521,000 by refinancing the 1999 Bond issue from 5.09 to 3.46%;

3. $160,000 upfront + $50,000 on transportation costs annually + prison and theft costs & New Revenue in future rents on a methadone clinic;

4. $75,000 annually with Social Services administered in-house (+ future rent);

5. $41,500+ a New Furnace by putting Honeywell energy audits on track without turning off the lights;

6. $24,800 in refunds due the County;

7. $22,500 in 2006 by obtaining a contract for 2005 audit services (will save more for the next two years);

8. $16,000+$300 monthly income from realtors in New Revenue by moving GIS mapping forward;

9. $16,000 annually with Safety Committee Certification—reduced insurance premiums;

10. Distributed Community Resource Manuals:  --------How do you put a price on planning & safety?

11. Retained City voting districts:  --------------------------Our right to vote is priceless.

12. Saved the Bordner cabin:  --------------------------------Our heritage is priceless.

13. Preserved farms:  Open space value continues to rise & farms serve as a source of food, water recharge,                 & energy.  By the end of 2007, 126 farms occupying 13,485.2 acres should be preserved.

14. Put Habitat houses back on the tax roles:  --New Annual Revenue for the City, County, & schools

15. After a court approved adjustment for 2005: --No County tax increase for 2 years

“Do what’s right. Know right from wrong. And pursue with steadiness what is right.  Be honest.   Do your duty. “  Thomas Jefferson.

First Term: 


    Preserved numerous farms, including vote to preserve County Farm

    Governor Dick

    Union Canal Tunnel Park

    Rails to Trails

    Rivers Conservation Plan

    Drought Task Force

    Green Community


    Geographic Information System started

    Cellular Phone & insurance contracts consolidated for $ savings

    Personal computers for office staff

    Y2K readiness completed

    Honeywell contract completed saving both energy and money

    CareerLink Site at Job Center opened allowing job & career searches on-line

    Personal Web page on County Government


    Prisoners share in the cost of their upkeep--work release, trustee jobs, or daily charges--also medical and dental co-pay

    Expand electronic monitoring to relieve prison "over-crowding"

    Elimination of Personal Property Tax

    Held line on real estate taxes three years running


    Airport study begun to expand Fort Indiantown Gap to accommodate small jet craft and open for civilian use

    Keystone Opportunity Zones in the City of Lebanon to recycle old industrial and commercial sites, thus saving farmland

    Tax Increment Financing to expand business and employment opportunities while improving infrastructure

    Release steel foundry from the repository for remediation


    Fourth judgeship position created to relieve backlog

    Court House expanded to alleviate crowding & accommodate courts

    Three employees transferred to state payroll

So this website offers useful information, if you don't see something you are looking for, let me know by mailing to , and perhaps it will become a new feature.   Finally, please feel free to suggest corrections.

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Jo Ellen Litz

Ps.  In an effort to provide credible public information, wherever possible, department brochures and reports are quoted and/or paraphrased throughout this web site.   However, polices and prices change.  Therefore, always verify information with the department.

       Posted on or about 9/1/98.  Last edited 12/07/03.  

                               In the center of the Swatara Watershed is Lebanon, a safe rural community located immediately east of Hershey, north of Lancaster, west of Reading, and south of Pine Grove, Pennsylvania.  The Swatara Watershed is host to small towns like Mount Gretna; historical landmarks like the Cornwall Iron Furnace and Union Canal Tunnel; State Game Lands for hunting and fishing; the Swatara Creek for canoeing; campgrounds; community parks; golf courses; bed and breakfast inns; thousands of farms, some Amish; Hershey Park, Hershey chocolate factory, Hershey gardens, zoo, the Giant theater; and a National Cemetery at Fort Indiantown Gap.

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