Lehigh County residents received mostly good news from Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller Aug. 31 when he presented his proposed budget with no tax increase for 2018.
Muller presented his fiscal plan at the county-owned Cedarbrook nursing home, South Whitehall.
A small crowd comprised mostly of county staff, politicians, local township officials and numerous residents of the nursing home attended the news conference.
This is the fourth consecutive year the current administration has delivered a proposed budget with no tax increase, according to Muller.
Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller delivered the much anticipated operational analysis for Cedarbrook Nursing Home to the Lehigh County Committee on Cedarbrook Aug. 9.
The analysis, done by Good Shepherd, presents options and costs so county commissioners can better judge how to spend money on the two-campus facility.
Lehigh County Commissioner Brad Osborne has expressed frustration at what he sees as slow progress on decisions concerning Cedarbrook Nursing Home.
According to Osborne, a much anticipated operational analysis, which has been two years in the making, for Cedarbrook, was delivered to Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller July 21.
However, according to Osborne, Muller sent commissioners an email indicating he does not plan to forward the report until the Aug. 23 board meeting.
Osborne would like to see it sooner.
Lehigh County Commissioners had a second reading of the $133,755,495 Lehigh County Capital Plan for 2018-22, and then passed several motions to amend the bill at their July 12 meeting.
The capital plan, according to explanatory text, is a policy statement, not a budget or an appropriation.
A vote on the plan is expected July 26.
“The Capital Plan kind of kicks off the budget season,” Commissioner Michael Schware said in an interview.