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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, Jonas 30" Snowstorm 2016 , or the Summer Storm of 2018,

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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Weights & Measures

Ronald F. Mace was the County's sealer of Weights and Measures.  His duties included visiting gas stations to test the accuracy of gas pumps and visiting grocery stores to measure the accuracy of scales. 

As of May 1, 2004 the State of PA is responsible to complete inspections of our 363 gas stations, grocery stores, and other businesses to make sure their weight scales and fuel pumps are accurate.  However, with limited staff, Ken Deitzler, from the state, says that our measuring devices may not get checked as frequently.  Contact Ken at at either (717) 787-9089 or .

Collecting data concerning the number of devices from an annual report, I learned that there were 1630 devices examined by our Sealer in 2003.  The State does additional inspections.  Further, I learned that Act 155 of 1996 (Consolidated Weights and Measure Act) gives counties more options for performing weights and measures duties.  More specifically, Lebanon County can impose inspection fees—from $10-$30 per device—which would cover a local inspector’s wages and benefits. 

In addition, there is the issue of consumer protection.  Measuring devices fail, sometimes on the side of the retailer and sometimes on the side of the consumer.  Take a look at these statistics:

Weighing Devices

bulletOf 560 computing scales, 36 (6%) failed the initial inspection.  Six of those 36 failed a reinspection.
bulletOf 49 platform (floor type) scales, nine (18%) were rejected on the initial inspection and two were rejected a second time.

Measuring Devices

bulletOf 778 motor fuel dispensers, 391 failed the initial inspection.  That’s 50%.
bulletOf 114 diesel fuel dispensers, 60 were rejected on the initial inspection.  That’s almost 53%.
bulletOf 34 Kerosene dispensers, 15 failed (44%).
bulletOf 12 vehicle tank meters, 4 failed (33%).

Adams, Bucks, Montgomery, and Delaware are among counties already charging for inspections. 

At a time when gasoline is nearly $2.00 per gallon, it is imperative that we make sure customers get what they pay for.