COUDERSPORT – On Thursday, December 29, Potter County Commissioners Doug Morley, Paul Heimel, and Susan Kefover adopted the 2012 county budget. The budget, which was made public on December 9, received no public comments, and no changes in expenditures were [...]
Behind a table piled high with government manuals, forms, regulations and voluminous red tape, officials from Potter County’s government gathered Wednesday to make a statement that “enough is enough.” Inviting members of the media to an informal news conference at Potter County Human Services (PCHS) in Roulette, Commissioners Susan Kefover and Paul Heimel along with PCHS Administrator Jim Kockler were joined by PCHS directors. They launched a 35-minute attack on rigid bureaucratic restrictions and demands that eat up two valuable county resources – time and money. Commissioner Kefover organized Wednesday’s media event, which was supported by the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania. She said federal and state regulations may be well-intended, but the way they’re administered is flawed and counties’ burdens are rising as a result.