Commissioners approve budget

The Elk County Commissioners passed the $28 million county budget yesterday morning during a short board meeting."Our budget has been on display for the past 20 days for the citizens of Elk County to go over our plan," said Elk County Commissioner Ronald T. Beimel.The spending plan totals $28,199,038.26. The budget includes the $5 per capita tax and the hotel tax, which is not received by the county.With the expectation that revenue will be low before tax revenues are collected, the commissioners also voted to adopt a resolution authorizing county officials to incur tax anticipation indebtedness for the year 2011.The Tax Anticipation Note [TAN] is for $950,000, the same figure as last year."It's something for until the tax revenue starts coming in in April," Beimel said. "It's something that we've done every year."According to county solicitor Tom Wagner, county officials solicited proposals from all the local financial institutions.For more on this story, see the Dec. 29 edition of The Daily Press.