Commissioners put off subdivision land development fee increase conversation

Lycoming County commissioners discussed the possibility of raising subdivision and land development ordinance fees during their meeting Tuesday.

The SALDO fees cover development occurring in municipalities without their own fee assessment plans.

Shannon Rossman, county planning director, noted the county fees have not been increased for a number of years.

The county, she said, is prohibited from making money on the fees, which are less than what municipalities assess.

Commissioners agreed to table the issue.

Commissioners are expected to take action on several other matters at their Thursday meeting including the hiring of two clerks in the district attorney’s office.

Also coming before commissioners is an agreement with TextBehind Inmate Mail Management Service to provide mail screening. County officials have noted an increase in the amount of contraband entering the prison system through the mail.

Chris Bastress, with Fair Districts of Pennsylvania, asked commissioners to support Fair District’s plan to change the way Congressional and state legislative district boundaries are decided.

So far, 22 counties have adopted resolutions to support the concept of an independent citizens commission realigning districts and taking it out of the hands of lawmakers.