Welcome from the
Commissioners (from left to right):
Kevin S. Barnhardt, Mark C. Scott
and Christian Y. Leinbach
Berks County Commissioners!
The dynamic and storied cultural, environmental and industrial heritage of Berks County continues to craft a progressive and vibrant community as it has for over 250 years. Berks County remains an affordable, family-friendly community in which to live, work and recreate. Nestled comfortably in the heart of the Schuylkill River valley, Berks County offers all the verdant charm of its agricultural legacy balanced by the urban environs of the City of Reading and the nearby major metropolitan amenities of Philadelphia, New York and Baltimore.
As elected stewards of the public trust, the Board of Commissioners strive to maintain an open and efficient government, and as guardians of the public treasury we are acutely aware of the sacrifices our taxpayers make to fund our county government. We know that significant budgetary challenges remain, mostly due to high unemployment and the decline in the real estate tax base. In addition to those factors, we face the likelihood of continuing state funding cuts for mandated services that Counties are required to provide. Considering these important factors we continue to thoughtfully prepare for lean financial times ahead.
While economic concerns continue to influence policy and decision-making throughout the years to come, Berks County remains poised to emerge as a leader in developing and cultivating jobs and industry despite the challenges we face. Berks County is in the comparatively unique position to be able to boast improved transportation infrastructure, two proposed industrial parks, a commercial airport and an award-winning corps of economic development agencies, plus five institutions of higher learning that routinely graduate young minds of the highest quality and skills. Further, the continuing growth of amenities that enhance the overall quality of life, such as entertainment, preservation of open spaces/greenways, and passive and active recreational opportunities has and will continue to attract a well-educated populace to live and work in Berks.