Cambria County is committed to honest budgeting, responsible spending and financial transparency.  In this spirit, Cambria County Controller's Office has partnered with OpenGov to provide residents and stakeholders with the financial transparency portal.  This portal is designed to bring visibility, openness, and accountability to our operations.

 


 

 Featured Questions:

What are the County's Revenues and Expenses?

 

Memorial Park

Outstanding Debt by year?

How much Principal and Interest does the County owe on Long-Term Debt annually?

 



Outstanding checks from 2015 to be remitted to Pennsylvania Treasury in 2019?

How many retirees are there versus active and vested members?

 



Assessed property values by type?

 

  


 

All Questions:

 

A.  Financial

       1.  What are the Revenues & Expenses for:

            a.  General Fund?

            b.  Central Park Complex in Johnstown?   

            c.  Emergency Service funds?                 

            d.  Corrections?             

            e.  Domestic Relations?                 

            f.  Juvenile Court?          

            g.  Court Administered Funds?    

            h.  Record Improvement Funds?

             i.  Liquid Fuels and Highway Improvement Funds?

             j.  Area Agency on Aging?

            k.  Foster Grandparents?

             l.  Children & Youth?

           m.  Drug & Alcohol?

            n.  Human Services?

            o.  Behavioral Health/Intellectual Disabilities/Early Intervention?

            p.  Retirement Fund?

            q.  Health Insurance Internal Service Fund?

 

B.  Debt:

       1.  What is the total long term debt of Cambria County?

       2.  What is the annual principal and interest on the County's long term debt?

 

C.  Assessed Property Values:

       1.  What is the total Assessed Values on County Properties?

       2.  How has the Assessed Value changed from 2011 to 2018 for:

             a.  Residential Properties?

             b.  Commercial/Industrial Properties?

             c.  Agricultural Properties?

       3.  How many real estate properties are in the County?

                  

D.  Retirement System:

       1.  How many retirees are there versus active employees and vested members?

       2.  How are the retirees split at 12/31/2017:

             a.  By age range?

             b.  By gender?

             c.  female retirees by age range?

             d.  male retirees by age range?

       3.  What are the expenses of the retirement fund?

 

E.  Coroner's Office - Fatal Overdoses (2011-2017)

       1.  What is the breakout of Fatal Overdoses by:

             a.  Age Range?

             b.  Race?

             c.  Gender?

             d.  Substance?

 

F.  Outstanding checks (2015)

       1.  What 2015 checks are still outstanding and will be remitted to the Pennsylvania Treasury in early 2019?

 


 

 

FAQs about using OpenGov

How do I select the data I want to see?
To focus on specific data – like a fund, department, expense type, or any combination – use the menu on the left side panel and click on Filters.  The “Broken down by” and “filter by” drop-downs allow you to specify which breakdown you want the graphs and table rows to represent on the graph.  You can analyze the expense and revenues data by fund, department, or type. 
Can I select more than one fund or department?
Yes.  Use the Filters icon on the left side panel to make specific selections within the data.  The Data Filter shows you the hierarchical relationships of Funds, Departments, and Account Types.  You’ll notice the title of the graph you are viewing on the top along with the account type indicator.  You can use the filter to see the data of most interest to you. 
How do I see the actual numbers within the graph?
Hover over any area of the graph to see the actual or budgeted amounts for that period.  Or, just scroll down to see a table of detailed information.    
Can I see the data in a different graph?
In the upper right hand corner, you will see options for the different graphs and tables.  There are five graph types overall: an area graph, and area graph by percentage, a line graph, a pie graph, and a bar chart.  There is also always a table view below any chart or graph.  The table allows you to zoom-in on the detailed financial data selected in the chart or graph above.  
Why are there sometimes spikes in one year?
In reviewing multiple years of data, you may see “spikes” in the individual years; this can be due to unexpected expenses, such as a capital project, equipment failure, or a specific event that required additional funds.  You can drill-down into Opengov site to learn more about what exactly those expense or revenues are categorized.       
Can I save the data I am looking at?
Yes, there are Share and Download buttons in the upper right corner.  You can share any view on a social network or by email.  There are also options to download the displayed data in .csv spreadsheet and .png image formats.  Additionally, you can copy and paste the url at the top of the page you are viewing.       
How do I learn more about government accounting?
Use the Help button on the top right corner to navigate to the Multi-Fund Accounting 101 primer to learn more about multi-fund accounting.   
How can I ask questions about the reports?
You may click on the Help button on the top right corner of any report and click "Contact Cambria County".  You will be prompted for your name, phone and email address.  You will then type in the message box your question or comment.  Someone will get back to you within 24-48 hours during normal business hours.  Or you may contact the Cambria County Controller's office directly at 814-472-1620.  
 
 

 


 

General information on Cambria County’s budgets:

Cambria County includes multiple agencies and reports financial data using fund accounting. A fund is a set of accounts, segregated for specific purposes. The funds for Cambria County agencies are accessed on the OpenGov reports from "Filtered by – Funds" as follows:

Governmental:

  • General Fund: this is the primary operating fund of the County and is used to account for all financial resources except those required to be accounted for in another fund. The General Fund’s budget is legally adopted in December of each year for the following calendar year.

  •  Other Governmental Funds (Special Revenue Funds):
    • Act 13: Pennsylvania Act 13 of 2012 (Impact Fee) provides for the imposition of an unconventional gas well fee (or impact fee) and these fees are distributed to local and state governments. A portion of the fees established a Marcellus Legacy Fund to be allocated to the Highway Bridge Improvement. The funds under the Marcellus Legacy Funds are distributed to Counties proportionately based on population. The funds are used to replace or repair locally owned, at-risk, deteriorated bridges.
    • Act 152 – Demolition Fund: The Recorder of Deeds for the County collects $15 fee for each deed or mortgage recorded. This fee is remitted to the County at the end of each month. The funds are used paid out to the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority on an as needed basis for assisting with demolition of blighted housing.
    • Affordable Housing: The Recorder of Deeds for the County collects a $13 fee for each deed or mortgage recorded. This fee is remitted to the County at the end of each month. The funds are used paid out to the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority on an as needed basis for assisting Cambria County citizens with affordable housing.
    •  Area Agency on Aging: The PA Department of Aging provides the majority of the funding for this program. This funding is comprised of both state and federal monies. The agency uses these monies to benefit any Cambria County citizen ages sixty (60) and older (e.g. Meals on Wheels, Senior Centers).
    • Behavioral Health/Intellectual Disabilities/Early Intervention: The Behavioral Health/Intellectual Disabilities & Early Intervention Programs both receive the majority of their funding from the PA Department of Human Services. This funding is both state and federal monies. The Behavioral Health program provides behavioral health services such as outpatient, partial hospitalization, and residential to Cambria County residents. The Intellectual Disabilities program provides services to clients with intellectual disabilities through residential placement.  
    • Booking Center: A Central Booking Center (CBC) is located at the Cambria County Prison. The CBC was designed to streamline arrests allowing police to return to their community faster, set specific arraignment times for all District Magistrates, and establish an automated centralized fingerprinting facility handling all arrests. The facility opened in May 2013 for the northern areas of Cambria County, going into full operations in July bring the southern end of the county including the City of Johnstown. The CBC is available 24/7 to police as well as established hours for walk-in fingerprinting for those arrested and not under police custody. The revenue is generated by assessing a booking fee to individuals processed by the Center. The fees are collected through the Clerk of Courts office and paid over to the County at the end of each month.
    • Children & Youth: The PA Department of Human Services provides the majority of the funding for this program. This funding is comprised of both state and federal monies. These monies are used to provide protective children services to the age of twenty-one (21), through counseling, in-home and residential services. 
    •  Conservation District Funds:
      • Dirt & Gravel Road Fund: The State Conservation Commission apportions the Dirt and Gravel Maintenance fund to the County Conservation District. The funds are used to fund “environmentally sound” maintenance of unpaved roadways that have been identified as sources of dust and sediment pollution. This fund was closed in 2016.
      • Farmland Preservation Fund: The PA Department of Agriculture funds this program along with a contribution from Cambria County. The program’s purpose is to buy easement rights or development rights to local farms. By doing so, the farms will remain as farms forever. If a farmer wants to be considered for the program, an appraisal must be performed. The farmer will pay a $1,500 appraisal security deposit. If the farmer opts into the program, the $1,500 deposit is returned. If refused, the $1,500 deposit is kept to cover the appraisal fee. 
    • Court Administered Funds:
      • DUI: (Driving Under the Influence) The Cambria County Clerk of Courts collects court ordered fees monthly and deposits it to the DUI Fund. The fees include CRN (Court Related Network), Tuition (regular or ARD), and Breathalyzer. The fees are used as approved by the President Judge for court-related imprisonment issues such as drug and alcohol education, or help with the detention home, jail, or prisoners.
      • Substance Abuse: The purpose of this fund is to segregate the substance abuse aspect of the Driving Under the Influence fund into a separate fund. A portion of these monies are used for drug prevention programs in local schools and during summer youth fairs hosted by Cambria County Courts.
      • Jail/Detention: The purpose of this fund is to segregate the jail/detention charges aspect of the Driving Under the Influence fund into a separate fund.
      • Protection from Abuse:   A fee of $150 is charged to defendants of Protection from Abuse orders. That fee will be placed into a separate account and the revenue will be used to pay attorney fees for cases that require an attorney to be court appointed.
      • Veteran’s Court: A fee of $250 is assessed to defendants that are accepted into the Veteran’s Court. That fee will be placed into a specific account and the revenue will be used to help offset the cost of assessments that are not covered by the Veteran’s Hospital.
      • Mental Health Court: The Mental Court was formed in 2015 as a special court to process individuals who have committed a crime and have been evaluated with a Mental Health problem. A plan is designed to treat the individual. The defendant is charged a fee on a case by case level determined by the Judge. The defendant is given treatment through local Behavioral Health agency and they must meet with the Judge on a weekly basis who oversees their case. 
    • Detention/Shelter: This program was funded by contracts with nineteen (19) counties, including Cambria County, to house delinquent children. The Detention Home was a 24-hour maximum security facility for youth ages 10-18. The Shelter was a 24-hour staffed secure facility for youth ages 10-18 with a thirty (30) day limit. The Detention/Shelter facility was closed in June 2016. 
    • Domestic Relations: The PA Department of Human Services provides IV-D monies. These monies are comprised of both state and federal funding. The department uses the funds to provide citizens of Cambria County with domestic relations support. This primarily entails establishment and enforcement of child support orders. 
    • Drug & Alcohol: The PA Department of Drug & Alcohol and the PA Department of Human Services provide the majority of the funding for this program. This funding is comprised of both state and federal monies. The program provides drug and alcohol treatment programs, prevention programs, counseling and in-home service to Cambria County residents. 
    • Emergency Management Funds:
      • 9-1-1 Fund: The 911 fund is funded by fees collected on all phone lines in the County. The fee is collected by each local telephone company and remitted monthly to PEMA at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. PEMA quarterly remits a portion of the fees to each County to be used to run the entire emergency communications including 911 call answering, dispatch, etc.
      • Emergency Management Agency: This department was included in the 911 Fund from 2012 to 2015 when it was segregated to better track the costs associated with the agency. The agency coordinates efforts with PEMA (Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency) and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). They provide comprehensive planning and operational readiness to municipalities, groups, businesses and individuals in preparing for, supporting, and recovering from the impact of natural or man-made disasters. In addition the department oversees the response and mitigation of the impact of hazardous materials and other community risk incidents. The funding for the department comes from Federal and State grants in additional funding from the General Fund.
      • HMERA: (Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Account) The main source of revenue for this fund comes from Company assessment fees. These fees are charged to businesses, e.g., Agway, on an annual basis that use, manufacture or transport hazardous chemicals or materials. The HMERA agency sends an invoice to a business asking for composition and fee calculation for all hazardous materials on-site, the fee amounting to $75 per each hazardous material. In addition an annual $100 fee is charged for the agency developing an emergency response plan for any occurrence of an accidental release of hazardous materials, such as a road spill or a release into the atmosphere. The state matches the Company assessments dollar for dollar, subject to funds availability, and forwards the matching to this agency which deposits these monies into this fund.
      • SHARP: (Special Hazardous Assistance Response Team) This fund is related to the HMERA fund discussed above in that the SHARP fund is comprised of volunteers who are paged to respond to emergency situations. These individuals operate a HAZMAT (hazardous materials) truck (a self-contained response truck) which aids in the assistance of responding to and cleaning up an accident site. After this team has responded to an accident, this agency will send out a billing to the responsible party for the rendered services. If the team was assisted by another unit, such as a fire company, in taking care of an accident, this agency will make certain that the assisting unit will receive its proper share of the billing.
    •  Foster Grandparents: The Foster Grandparent program receives federal funding through the National Senior Service Corporation. The program is made up of individuals sixty (60) years and older who volunteer twenty (20) hours a week and receive a small stipend. These individuals work with children with special needs at head starts, schools, day care centers, emergency shelters, and hospitals. 
    • Health Choices: The fund is utilized to account for all financial resources used to operate, manage and administer the Health Choices Behavioral Health Program of Cambria County (BHoCC). The funding of the Health Choices Program is received from the PA Department of Human Services and passed through to BHoCC (a component unit of the County). 
    • Hotel Tax Fund: Each hotel in Cambria County is responsible for collecting a three percent (3%) room tax, which increased to five percent (5%), effective June 1, 2016, on each room rented on a non-permanent basis. Each hotel remits their collections to the County and the County uses these proceeds for promoting tourism in the area. 
    • Human Services: The PA Department of Human Services provides the majority of the funding for this program. This funding is comprised of all state monies. The fund is used to fill in the gaps of the Human Services agencies (i.e. Area Agency on Aging, Children and Youth, Drug and Alcohol, and Behavioral Health/Intellectual Disabilities & Early Intervention).  
    • Juvenile Court: The PA Department of Human Services (state and federal monies), PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency (state and federal monies) and the Juvenile Court Judges Commission (state monies) along with County monies provide the funding to run the Juvenile Probation Office. The funds are used to administer the entire Juvenile Court process. 
    • Liquid Fuels: The County receives grants from the state and federal government to repair or replace county owned bridges. In addition, the County receives a portion of the overall state’s liquid fuels tax. The County reallocates a portion of these amounts to all municipalities within Cambria County based upon their requests and final decision of the County Commissioners. The remaining liquid fuels monies are used for bridge repair and maintenance. 
    • Major Improvement: The Capital Projects fund is utilized to track the expense of certain capital projects within the County. The projects are approved by the County Commissioners at public meetings. The funding of these projects comes from Bond or Loan proceeds or state or federal grants. 
    • Parks & Playgrounds: The Parks & Playgrounds Fund is used to account for the accumulation of resources for, and the payment of, operational and capital expenditures of County owned parks and playgrounds. 
    • Records Improvement Funds:
      • Clerk of Courts Automation: The Clerk of Courts office collects a $5 fee per new case. This money may be used to improve the Clerk of Courts Office automation (e.g. purchase of computers, printers, computer systems, or installation of new wiring).
      • Coroner Vital Statistics: The Office of the Coroner receives a vital statistic fee collected by the State Vital Statistics agency. For each death certificate filed with the Registrar, a $1 (one dollar) fee is charged. The total of all fees collected on each death certificate in Cambria County are remitted by the Commonwealth of PA to the County Coroner each June 30th. The funds are utilized by the Coroner's Office for office improvements, equipment and training
      • County Records Improvements: The Cambria County Recorder of Deeds collects a $5 fee on each recorded deed. Two dollars ($2) of the fee can be used by the County to maintain and improve the retention of County records. The remaining three dollars is to be used exclusively by the Recorder of Deeds office to maintain and improve their records retention.
      • Prothonotary Automation: The Office of Prothonotary collects a $5 fee per new item recorded (e.g. divorce, custody agreement, etc). This money may be used to improve the Prothonotary’s Office automation (e.g. purchase of computers, printers, computer systems, or installation of new wiring).
      • Register of Wills Automation: The Office of the Register of Wills collects a fee for services provided. This money may be used to improve the Register of Wills automation (e.g. purchase of computers, printers, computer systems or installation of new wiring).
      • Sheriff’s Automation: The Sheriff’s automation fee is a $100 fee charged on each Sheriff’s Sale on foreclosed property. The fee is collected and turned over at the end of each month to the Treasurer’s Office to be receipted. The funds collected are used for the maintenance of the computer system used for the Sheriff’s Office. 
    • Debt Service: The Debt Service Fund is used to account for the accumulation of resources for, and the payment of, general long-term debt principal, interest, and related costs.
 

Proprietary Funds:

  • Central Park Complex: The County owns the building called “Central Park Complex” in downtown Johnstown. The County collects rents from tenants in the building (e.g. Human Services Programs such as Area Agency on Aging, Behavioral Health/Intellectual Disabilities & Early Intervention, Children & Youth, and Drug & Alcohol). In addition, the first floor space is rented for retail space. The rental income is used to maintain the building and pay the related utility bills for the building. 
  • Technology Fund: The Technology Fund handled all the computer related technology needs of Cambria County. This included a multi-service communications network that provided voice, video and high speed data communications to all participating public safety agencies. The network provided the County government with internet services. The staff assigned to this fund oversaw the entire communications network for the County including all computer, switches and network connections. This fund was closed in 2014 when the County stopped offering internet connection over this network and the remaining costs were moved either into the General Fund or 9-1-1.
 

Fiduciary Funds:

  • Retirement Fund: Cambria County provides a Defined Benefit Plan for all full-time employees. The plan provides retirement, disability and death benefits to plan members and their beneficiaries pursuant to Act 96 of 1971 of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (County Pension Law), which may be amended by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 
  • Worker’s Compensation: Cambria County is self-insured for Worker’s Compensation insurance claims. This fund maintains the Trust fund that is required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Labor and Industry, Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. The actual claims and administration are expensed through the General Fund and other Special Revenue funds.
  • Health Insurance Internal Service Fund: Cambria County is self-insured for Health Insurance claims. This fund maintains all the expenses of administration and claims for health insurance related costs that is administered through UPMC Health Plan.

   


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