Nassberg eyes seat as county commissioner

Kathryn Schultz “Tabby” Nassberg has announced her intention to seek the Republican nomination for Lycoming County Commissioner in the spring primary.

Nassberg owns and operates Penn Park Properties in Williamsport’s Historic District and has spent much of her professional career in finance.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College.

She has been active in the community through board memberships with the Williamsport Home and Firetree Place and has held board positions at the YMCA and Preservation Williamsport.

“I decided to enter the race because I believe that Lycoming County taxpayers should not have to pay for the current board’s mistakes and bad spending. Their financial incompetence has resulted in deficit spending, tax increases and higher levels of county debt. We need to revisit where the money is going and change the way we approach spending. Just look at the Hotel Tax, which generates $1.2 million dollars in annual revenues. The current commissioners lack the will to know how that money is spent.”

Nassberg stated that the lack of “financial know-how” extends to budgeting. As an example, she noted that commissioners spent $160,000 on an outside consulting firm to be told that, among other issues, the budgeting process is severely flawed. Budgeted expenses routinely exceed actual expenses, which undercuts the entire process and wastes both time and money.

She called it an unrealistic approach and a waste of valuable resources.

The same report, she said, notes that personnel evaluations are ineffective, as the county government does not distinguish between truly outstanding and mediocre performance. Because there are no performance standards, the county loses its top talent.

“Given that 56 cents of every tax dollar collected is paid to county employees, taxpayers should expect better oversight of employee performance. We need to consider merit based compensation packages,” she said.

At the same time, taxes, deficits and debt continue to rise.

“I intend to put my 40-plus years of financial experience into service to the county to reset priorities, curb overspending, and determine what is necessary and what is not,” she said. “I want to make sure that Lycoming County government respects the money that comes from hard-working taxpayers and work to improve their quality of life.”

Nassberg said she will be a full-time commissioner.

“My whole position has been that money has not been spent well. We need to look harder on how we spend money,” she said.