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No Tax Increase in Proposed 2014 Budget

Property owners would not see a tax increase under the preliminary 2014 budget unveiled today during the York County Commissioners’ regular Wednesday meeting.

If approved, the budget would hold the line on taxes from County government for the fourth time in the last five years. After a string of three budgets without an increase, taxes were last raised in 2013 to help make up for more than $7 million in state and federal budget cuts to mandated services.

Under the 2014 proposal, the millage rate would remain 4.52. A taxpayer whose home is assessed at $150,000 would continue to pay $678 in County real estate taxes.

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“This budget reflects our ongoing pledge to providing the highest quality services at the lowest possible cost,” said President Commissioner Steve Chronister. “We continue to look throughout our organization for ways to cut expenses and improve efficiency.”

The proposed $476.7 million budget includes general fund expenses of $190.6 million. Proposed general fund spending would increase 0.9 percent, less than the rate of inflation, due to higher health care and debt repayment costs.

Excluding those hard costs, the cost of operations is proposed to decrease 1.8 percent compared to 2013.

Major factors in the 2014 budget include:

  • A reduction in County subsidy to the 911 Center to $6.4 million, down from $8.2 million in 2013.
  • A subsidy to the Pleasant Acres Nursing & Rehabilitation Center of $5.7 million. That’s down from a budgeted $7.1 million in 2013.
  • A $2.8 million reduction in revenue from the federal government for housing federal immigration detainees.

The preliminary budget calls for a 1.6 percent cost-of-living increase for non-bargaining employees. The increase was based on the rate of inflation. Union employees will receive increases based upon the applicable labor contracts.

The budget is slated for approval on Wednesday, Dec. 18. 

 

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