Dollar amounts are beginning to trickle in that signal whether broad-based state budget cuts will have an affect on government services in Wayne County.


Dollar amounts are beginning to trickle in that signal whether broad-based state budget cuts will have an affect on government services in Wayne County.
Although the long-overdue state budget was passed in October, 101 days past deadline, Wayne County Commissioners are just beginning to receive word about how much state money will make its way into their coffers.
State revenue subsidizes many services offered by county governments, including human services and the courts.
Although the county recently discovered through correspondence from the state that it will get $1.67 million for mental-health services and $4.53 million for children and youth, the commissioners did not know at Wednesday’s public meeting whether that appropriation is greater or less than expected - thus positively or negatively impacting services.
“At least some of the information is starting to flow through,” said chief clerk Vicky Lamberton at the meeting.
Lamberton said these numbers, among others, will be reviewed with department heads.
One number is clear: a slight reduction of state money that is earmarked for emergency-homeless assistance in Wayne County.
That line-item will be cut by $4,072 to $36,061.
“The decrease is from the state funding,” said county commissioner Anthony Herzog.
State budget cuts were due in part to a $3.2 billion deficit, accorded to a downturn in the economy, and a strong push not to raise taxes. This situation, at its most basic, created the 101-day budget stalemate. 

In other business,

• Commissioners approved an auditing agreement with a Wilkes-Barre accounting firm amounting to $183,000 over a three-year period.

• Commissioners appointed a judicial secretary / officer manager, Wendy D’Agostino, of Sterling.

• Commissioners  appointed two part-time food service workers, Joan Beezup, of Honesdale, and Helen Herzog, of Waymart.

Wayne County Commissioners normally meet on Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m., at the Courthouse.