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Voters Reminded Of Registration Deadline; New Machines

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Potter County Director of Elections Sandy Lewis reminds residents that Oct. 7 is the final day to register, change party affiliation or report change of address for the Nov. 5 Municipal Election. More election information is available on the website, pottercountypa.net (click on Departments/Elections). Included on the website will be dates and times for demonstrations of the county’s new voting machines, which will be in use for the Nov. 5 election.

Federal and state funding will cover only a portion of the machines’ price tag, which is upwards of $400,000. After soliciting proposals from state-certified vendors, the Potter County Commissioners purchased the machines and related software and services from Election Systems and Software (ES&S). All Pennsylvania counties must have in place certified voting machines that electronically record each vote and generate a paper ballot as an added level of security. The new machines are expected to last for about ten years, if regulations and changing technology do not require them to be updated sooner.

Employee Picnic Proceeds Donated To LEEK Preserve

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Potter County employees received a letter of appreciation from the LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve for the donation of proceeds from the recent employee picnic at Coudersport Area Recreation Park. “Your donation will be used to support our wounded and injured veterans in their recovery,” LEEK president Army Col. (Ret.) Edward J. Fisher said. “We could not perform our mission without such continued support and for that we are eternally grateful.” LEEK, located in Oswayo, is now in its 12th season of serving veterans. Its focus is on therapeutic recreation, provided through six programs for veterans and one for vets and their families. Fisher reports that LEEK has completed installation of a trap range and continues to implement its plan to build additional handicapped-accessible projects and other facilities. More information is available online at leekpreserve.org.

Tax Claim Bureau ‘Upset Sale’ Moves Three Properties

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TCB personnel conducting the Upset Sale were, from left, Karin Karr, Jake Ostrom, Deanna Johnston and Linda Gambino.Just three properties were sold during Monday’s annual Potter County Tax Claim Bureau (TCB) “upset sale” at the Gunzburger Building. It’s a last-resort auction to sell those properties on which taxes for 2017 or earlier have not been paid. The resultant revenue is divided among the affected school district, municipality and county. A Vine Street property in Coudersport Borough was sold for $9,000 to Thomas Majot following bidding that started at $6,700. Two other parcels, one in Bingham Township and the other in Austin Borough, were sold for the minimal bid covering taxes, interest and costs. Fourteen properties that did not sell will be re-offered during the TCB’s Continuance Sale at 10 am Monday, Sept. 23, at the Gunzburger Building. TCB personnel conducting the Upset Sale were, from left, Karin Karr, Jake Ostrom, Deanna Johnston and Linda Gambino.

As of mid-August, more than 200 properties from across Potter County were slated to go to the auction block. TCB has implemented a series of changes to make things easier for those who have fallen behind on their taxes to redeem their properties. These include a monthly installment option and a credit card payment system. These changes have had positive results, according to TCB Director Deanna Johnston. “The number of delinquent properties has been tracking downward in recent years,” she said. “Selling someone’s property due to unpaid taxes is always a last resort and we work with anyone who has fallen behind to try to avoid that outcome.” Tax Claim Bureau personnel are located in Suite 111 of the Gunzburger Building, 1 North Main Street, Coudersport PA 16915; telephone (814) 274-0488, option 1.