A Herald-Standard May 28 article discussed the New Season medication assisted treatment center which opened in 2017. The article indicated that while New Season was recently approved for Medicaid for 55 plus patients New Season continues the fight to become “In-Network” which would allow Medicaid for other patients. Polaris in Perry Township is Fayette County’s only approved In-Network facility. Polaris does not provide counseling but distributes medication. We as Commissioners can change this and why wouldn’t we if we really care about the “Opioid Crisis." Instead, my fellow two commissioners’ decision is to transport patients on FACT buses to a Greene County facility costing more than $326,000 through 2018. Both of their filed campaign reports show accepting contributions from representatives of the Greene County facility with Lohr as high as $5,000.

Pennsylvania County Tax Claim offices, under the supervision of commissioners, have a statutory obligation to distribute monies collected from property tax sales. Distributions for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 have not been made. More than $5.2 million for 2011-2018 property tax sales was deposited. Recipients of these monies will include school districts, municipalities and others. Presently, there is insufficient funds in the account to make full distributions. A 2018 audit reported that the county needs to reimburse the sales fund for seven years of expenses for 2011 through 2017, which is close to $2 million. Commissioner Vicites and I were in office in 2011 and Dave Lohr joined the commissioners’ office in 2016. So the last four years with Vicites, Lohr and me in office still the 2011 distributions have not been made. Fayette County has used the same external auditing firm and financial consultant for audits, budget preps, etc., for this entire time except for 2015. So in order to live up to the statutory obligations and distribute these years to schools, municipalities, lien-holders, etc., how would the County come up with the money? Either cut expenses drastically or increase taxes. All of this is documented, as well as, my attempts for resolution. Also, I reached out in early 2019 to external sources for their intervention. By the way, yes the financial consultant firm mentioned is the same firm that, through my fellow two commissioners, from 2016 through April 2019, received close to $1 million compared to the prior four-year commissioners paying the same firm about $178,000.

You will hear excuses, reasons, pointing of fingers and even downplaying all of this. There may even be negative letters written about me in the future. I have lived through negative letters, false statements internal grievances, etc. I know the truth and have the documentation on these two issues and more. You can choose to accept their excuses. It is your choice.

Angela Zimmerlink is a Fayette County Commissioner.

(7) comments

3550

Everything said is 100% true! Never will vicities own what is happening but documentation is public information.

sofie

You are so off base and you know you are. Zimmerlink and her buddies will misconstrue anything and everything to try to get good public servants out of office........one they have been compulsively jealous of for years......they think if they throw distorted information at the public repeatedly -the public is dumb enough to believe it and the public is not!!!!!!! Many, many people know how the members of Club Z operate...smoke and mirrors...Her blog , that very few people read ,is full of mistruths ,lies . Her other club members publish lies and slander that will soon land them in legal trouble-but the obsession goes on. Vicites has been a very good County Commissioner and Lohr has put politics aside for the good of the people to help Fayette County and their efforts show.

CommZimmerlink

This is documented, as well as, my attempts for resolution. In early 2019 I also reached out to external sources seeking their assistance and intervention. There is no excuse. Commissioners have not lived up to the duties and responsibilities of the office.

sofie

How can you look into the mirror Ms. Zimmerlink with a straight face. You have been around the entire time 2011 through 2018 when this Tax Claim problem has been happening and the other Commissioners inherited the problem. You could have solved this way before the other two Commissioners took Office in 2016. Why didn’t you do anything in 2012 2013 2014 2015? You approved budgets for those years, and you signed off on those budgets. Your at fault for this problem. You have been their all 8 years this was happening. The other Commissioners have only been in since 2016, and both voted to audit the funds which you did not and work with their Solicitor to solve this. So it’s election time and you decide your gonna try to spin this to make Lohr and Vicites look bad. Sorry Ms. Zimmerlink, people see right through your smokescreen. Again your colleagues voted to audit this they are trying to solve the problem that was caused by a prior administration which you were part of and they were not. This is all a political maneuver on your part Ms. Zimmerlink, and we all know your tactics won’t work. Retire with dignity at the end of the year, don’t continue to resort to gutter politics.

3550

Why you sheep continue to let vicities pull the wool over your eyes is getting the county deeper in dirt

sofie

Silence is golden. And Zimmerlink is silent now about her false statements.

CommZimmerlink

It is obvious why "Sophie" posts. Vicites was in office in 2010. The FC sale distribution was done 2 weeks before he left office and the 2010 upset distribution was not done while he was in office but it got done in 2015 after he left. Also, vicites lohr were in office in 2016 2017 2018 2019 and neither the free clear nor upset have been done under these years. So Sophie why not ask why vicites lohr have yet to distribute for 2016 2017 2018 ? Yes Sophie silence is golden. All commissioners are responsible to get this done.

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