2014 Final Budget Approved Without Property Tax Increase

York County property owners in 2014 will not see a tax increase from County government. 

York County Commissioners Steve Chronister, Doug Hoke and Chris Reilly on Wednesday unanimously approved the 2014 York County budget. It holds the line on property taxes for the fourth time in the last five years.

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

“We’re proud to present the community with a budget that provides responsible funding levels for core County services, such as child welfare programs and public safety, without asking for any additional money from taxpayers,” said President Commissioner Steve Chronister. “We continue to work with our staff to reduce expenses and improve efficiency.”

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

No significant changes were made to the proposed budget unveiled in November.

“The passage of this budget reflects our commitment to sound financial policy and strategic planning,” said Commissioner Doug Hoke. “Not only does this budget hold the line on taxes, it will also help us to maintain our AA credit rating - one of the highest available.”

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 due to improved billing practices, more efficient laundry services and other reasons.
  • A $2.8 million reduction in revenue from the federal government for housing federal immigration detainees.

Excluding the rising cost of health care and debt service, general fund spending will decrease 1.8 percent compared to 2013, said Commissioner Chris Reilly.

“We examine the financial impact to taxpayers of every decision that we make,” Reilly said. “Smart decisions now pave the way for a prosperous future.”

The Commissioners have taken several steps over the past several years to reduce costs and improve efficiency, including:

  • Investing in energy efficiency. Taxpayers saved $456,458 from September 2012 through October 2013 due to energy efficiency improvements completed in 2011 at the Human Services Center, Youth Development Center, Annex, Prison, nursing home and Archives buildings. Additional energy improvement projects (completed or underway) are guaranteed to save taxpayers millions of dollars over the next decade.
  • Investments in treatment courts. The use of treatment courts, which are alternatives to incarceration, saved taxpayers an estimated $1 million in 2013 through a reduction in jail days.
  • Increased use of technology. The Commissioners have heavily invested in technology, such as document imaging, that streamline internal processes, reduce paperwork and improve transparency.

The budget is available on the County’s website ( and at the Commissioners’ Office for public review.

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