Emergency services and taxes in “God’s Country”
From Potter County Today
Potter County has signed up for another year of service from a notification system that provides the public with important alerts and time-sensitive messages on tornadoes, floods, or other emergencies. At last week’s business meeting, Commissioners Nancy Grupp, Barry Hayman and Paul Heimel renewed a contract with OnSolve, the company that provides the “CodeRED Reverse-911 System.” Cost for another year of service is $4,763. CodeRED sends early warnings using phone calls, email, social media sites and text messaging. Residents of Potter County are encouraged to visit pottercountypa.net and click on the CodeRED logo to enroll their contact information. There is no fee. Additional information is also available at 274-8900, extension 501.
Real estate taxes in Potter County will remain at their current rate for a fifth straight year in 2023. In addition, Commissioners Nancy Grupp, Barry Hayman and Paul Heimel have decided not to collect the $5.00 per-capita tax that many other county’s levy. Actions were finalized at the commissioners’ year-end meeting on Dec. 22. A copy of the final 2023 operating budget is available for public review at the Commissioner’s administrative office in the Gunzburger Building. Under the spending plan, real estate taxes will remain at 18.5 mills. A mill is one-tenth of one percent, levied against a property’s assessed value. Because state law prohibits county governments from levying an income tax, property owners bear the heaviest tax burden.