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Lycoming County is at a crossroads. Our economy is rising on the strength of our growing energy sector, while our institutions of government are cracking at the foundations because we have yet to adapt our way of governing to fit the new century. My name is Scott Metzger. I’ve been a public servant for 32
Lycoming County is at a crossroads. Our economy is rising on the strength of our growing energy sector, while our institutions of government are cracking at the foundations because we have yet to adapt our way of governing to fit the new century.
My name is Scott Metzger. I’ve been a public servant for 32 years, serving under nine boards of commissioners, a dozen different judges and through three decades of growth, decline, change and challenge here in Lycoming County. For the past 25 years, I’ve been a small businessman.
Now, I’m running for Lycoming County Commissioner because all the good ideas in the world won’t accomplish anything if we don’t put them into practice. As a strong conservative and a lifelong resident, I’m ready to bring a reform agenda to county government.
We need three things: Reform, Restraint, and Repair.
We must Reform government by electing leaders who keep their word. If they say “no tax increases” they need to mean it and to follow through. This hasn’t happened.
As for Restraint, look at the way Lycoming County has been spending.
We have seen a $7 million increase in spending over the past four years, while our county population has fallen by 3,000. Taxes have gone up 21 percent during those years. Two of the commissioners wanted to reduce the county staff by 20 employees without a specific plan in place to handle the expected work overload. Yet they then made two replacement hires paying $28,000 and $22,000 over base pay received by the previous employees. Another employee received an $11,000 increase in pay after working for the county for only 7 weeks.
Overall, salaries increased by $760,764.00 to 25.6 million dollars in wages. The employees are being reduced yet the budget is higher.
This isn’t fiscal policy. It’s a recipe for disaster.
Repair means fixing the problem.
Having a strategic plan with an accurate budget moving forward. Implementing priorities and goals for the county. Having an action plan with standards of evidence-based practices to measure our successes with key performance measures will aid the county in obtaining federal and state monies because we will have data to show what is successful. This plan drives the budget process and produces data to show what number of employees is truly needed for each department. This is leadership.
We need to Repair the communication between the Courts and the Commissioners.
We need to improve employee morale as identified in the EIP study to halt the exodus of 62% of excellent public employees in the last four years.
Let’s bring common sense into government by living within our means. Lycoming should sell real estate that is counterproductive to our needs, end leases that have costs 4.5 million dollars over 10 years, sell the par 3 at the golf course that will bring development, focus on infrastructure needs for the county to bring economic development and to grow the county instead of taxing a dwindling population.
I want to meet and listen to our boroughs, townships and municipalities about their needs and how we can assist and focus on the flooding issues that rip and destroy our communities apart.
That’s my agenda: Reform. Restraint. Repair.
It’s why I’m running.
I understand the problem and I can offer the leadership to get things done. The county needs a change. They chose me to be that change agent in the May primary. Now, it’s time to put a reformer into office and begin the work of building a government worthy of its people.
Please vote Nov. 5th for Scott Metzger and Let’s get things done.