Conservative or Liberal, Deist or Pagan, Jersey transplant or Lehigh Valley native, we're all in this mess together. Let's talk. Let us do no harm. Today's one-liner: "The shortest way to the distinguishing excellence of any writer is through his hostile critics." Richard LeGallienne
Executive John Brown presented a positive picture of NorCo finances during Council's May 5 meeting. He claims there has been no structural deficit over the last two years, and that the year-end general fund balance in 2015 was a little over $30 million. Another $13 million went into a rainy day and capital improvements fund. Health care coverage reductions "are beginning to bear fruit," he claimed, but presented no exact figures. He noted that nine of 11 union contracts have been settled. He indicated that there have been no complaints about changes in Central Booking, which are designed to get local police back on patrol as soon as possible. He also thanked Sheriff Dave Dalrymple and Chiefs of Police for their efforts in securing a Gaming Authority grant for a regional crime center. Finally, the County money spent to continue providing human serviced during the state budget impasse - about $24 million - has been recovered.