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Published: Monday, 05 December 2022


Ridgway, PA: On December 1, 2022, the Elk County Board of Commissioners presented the proposed County of Elk, Pennsylvania 2023 county operational budget in the amount of $14,162,693.  The 2023 budget will again not include any increases in the taxable millage currently assessed. In addition, the county will continue full operational capacity within all departments and vital services.

 While local economic performance was strong for 2022, price spikes and interrupted supply chains created increased wage pressures and higher costs for many consumer goods.  Good fiscal stewardship within the county has helped to manage these demands, but flat or falling tax revenue could create a future imbalance that will need to be addressed.

 The Elk County Prison continues to be the county’s largest expenditure, with fixed costs that are largely beyond the county’s control. It is a 24 hour a day operation with a large staff required to provide mandated medical care, food service, maintenance and security, as well as the supervision of inmates. There are no federal or state reimbursements available to share these costs.

 Similarly other departments that deal with court related matters, such as the Sheriff‘s Office or Parole and Probation and/or those addressing family or social issues such as Children and Youth or Domestic Relations continue to increase expenses that are assumed by the taxpayer. This is due to ever-rising numbers of individuals involved in the court/judicial systems, in addition to state/federal requirements increasing while their accompanying reimbursements, if any, are decreased.

 In response to this, the President Judge, with the cooperation of the Boards of Commissioners of Elk and Cameron Counties, have completed a plan to consolidate their Domestic Relations Offices into one combined operation under the 59th Judicial District beginning January 1, 2023..  This will help reduce costs and streamline efficiencies while avoiding any decrease in service to the public.

 While the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, also called the COVID-19 Stimulus Package or American Rescue Plan, continues to provide an opportunity to consider medium or long range capital expenses, the county has been careful to avoid investments that may create increased legacy costs, thus hampering future balanced budget efforts.  Nonetheless these federal funds have given the county the resources to make targeted upgrades without the need to rely on general fund revenue.

 Another change for 2023 is to have all county departments and personnel scrutinize budget requests, and only include line item appropriations based on actual expenditures and not just carry over previous year’s budget requests.  A goal of reducing costs by 7% across departments was established, and county employees are to be recognized for their work to meet this goal.

 In keeping with past practice, the Elk County Commissioners continue to discretionally apply Marcellus Shale Gas (Act 13) funding to necessary capital improvement projects at county facilities and property; for emergency preparedness and public safety; for environmental programs; and reconstruction of public infrastructure projects in 2022 without the need to rely on tax payer dollars. In addition, a portion of Act 13 funds will be available to Elk County municipalities, non-profit organizations, volunteer fire departments and other first responders through a twice-yearly grant program.

 While the county commissioners continue to stay vigilant to the ever changing demands on local government, there is always an element of uncertainty that will be difficult to predict. A lingering pandemic, economic factors, state and federal policy changes, and other unforeseen events can undermine even the best projected budget. What remains to be our guiding principal, however, is that every decision made is always done with the taxpayer in mind. To that end, in spite of shrinking revenues and increasing costs, the Commissioners consistently seek ways of operating in a fiscally responsible way without sacrificing the delivery of services or operations to the county residents.

 The Elk County Board of Commissioners would like to acknowledge and thank our elected officials, department heads and staff who have cooperated in the budget preparation effort as well as their professional every day service. Also, special recognition is given the Chief Clerk, the Fiscal Office, the Elk County Treasurer and others who worked tirelessly to compile the numbers for this year’s budget.

The 2023 Elk County Budget will be on display in the Commissioner’s Office for public inspection until 9:00am, December 27th, 2022. The budget may also be viewed online by clicking here.



December 20, 2022 Commissioner meeting scheduled for 10am is cancelled and rescheduled for 6:00pm.

December 20, 2022 6:00pm – Regular Commissioner meeting, including a Resolution to approve salaries for all Elected Officials for terms 2024-2027.

December 27, 2022 10:00am – Special Commissioner Meeting to approve 2023 Elk County Budget

January 3, 2023 10:00AM – Commissioner meeting, Commissioner Reorganizational meeting, followed by a Salary Board meeting, and Annual Retirement Board meeting

*All meetings held in the Courthouse Annex building Conference Room#2.

What is new at the Elk County Sheriff’s Office?

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Published: Friday, 09 December 2022

THE ELK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE HAS TEAMED UP WITH BID4ASSETS! What is Bid4Assets? Bid4Assets is a company that will sell  property that has gone to sheriff sale ONLINE throughout the United States. No more attending the actual sheriff sale…you can bid on property ONLINE anywhere you are! Please see the sheriff’s webpage to get all of the details to this new process. Please click HERE to go directly to the Elk County Sheriff Sale page.

Elk County/Ridgway Borough Fair Housing PSA

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Published: Tuesday, 06 September 2022
Please check out this Fair Housing PSA Video from the County of Elk and Borough of Ridgway.  A big thank you to Logan Abbey for volunteering his time and sharing his talent of acting with us in the creation of the 2022 annual Fair Housing outreach project.
The County of Elk and the Borough of Ridgway, Pennsylvania, abide by the Federal Fair Housing Act and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.  The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting or buying a home, getting a mortgage, seeking housing assistance, or engaging in other housing-related activities. The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing because of: Race, Color, National Origin, Religion, Sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), Familial Status, and Disability.  The Pennsylvania Human Relation Act adds the additional protected classes of age, ancestry and the use of guide or support animals because of blindness, deafness or physical handicap of the user or because the user is a handler or trainer of support or guide animals.  If you believe that you have been discriminated against for any of these reasons when in search of housing, you can file a complaint with the Elk County Fair Housing Officer, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

The designated Fair Housing Officer for the County of Elk and Ridgway Borough is:

Kathy McClelland

Elk County Planning Department

300 Center Street, PO Box 448

Ridgway, PA 15853

(814) 776-5335


Click on the link below to read the 2022 Elk County and Borough of Ridgway Fair Housing Resolution.


New County-Wide Broadband Survey

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Published: Wednesday, 15 June 2022
The County of Elk is interested in improving their broadband service for residents. Identifying areas within the county that are underserved either by access or by low Internet speeds will greatly assist our efforts. You can help by completing a broadband survey below and providing insight on the current issues with broadband service in the area. 



Elk County Courthouse
250 Main Street
P.O. Box 448
Ridgway, PA 15853

Elk County Courthouse Annex
300 Center Street
P.O. Box 448
Ridgway, PA 15853