Bethlehem Press

Saturday, August 19, 2017

NorCo news by the numbers

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 by Bernie O’Hare Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

From the July 19 personnel and finance committee meetings:

50,000 - Northampton County parcels identified by aerial maps as having additions and improvements that need to be assessed. “That’s a lot of tax revenue,” said Council member Ken Kraft. “We hope so,” answered assessment manager Cheryl Johnson.

$1.5 million - What Northampton County Executive John Brown says is lost every year in maintaining three booking centers in Easton, Bethlehem and Lehigh Township. He calls it a “drop and go” system that allows police officers who make arrests to resume their patrols right away. He says it allows for continuity of police coverage, and has saved six northern tier municipalities $80,000 per year in overtime. “We’ve had zero complaints,” he said. “We’re down to 15 minutes, literally.” Brown wants the Lehigh Township and Bethlehem booking centers to pay the computer costs.

$40.7 million - Support payments collected by Domestic Relations in 2016. Most comes through wage attachment, but $1 million is paid directly, at the door. A recent controller’s audit had no findings. “To have no findings is pretty incredible,” said Controller Steve Barron, who complimented the office for “very good internal controls.”