Commissioners Approve Final 2015 Budget With No Tax Increase

York County property owners in 2015 will not see a tax increase from County government.

York County Commissioners Steve Chronister, Doug Hoke and Chris Reilly on Wednesday unanimously approved the 2015 York County budget. It holds the line on property taxes for the fifth time in the last six years.

The 2015 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.

“Under this plan, County government in 2015 will continue to provide excellent levels of service to the community without adding to our residents’ financial burden,” said President Commissioner Steve Chronister.

The $487.2 million budget includes general fund expenses of $196.9 million, an increase of 3.3 percent compared to 2014. The higher costs will be offset with proceeds created through a debt refinancing approved in December.

“Although our economy is improving, many families and individuals throughout our community continue to struggle,” said Commissioner Doug Hoke. “We are mindful of the impact of our decisions because of the effects they have both on taxpayers and the individuals who depend on County services.”

Commissioner Chris Reilly thanked the County’s employees, department heads, row officers and the Court system for their commitment to control costs.
“Crafting a budget that holds the line on taxes doesn’t happen in a vacuum,” Reilly said. “It’s a true organization-wide effort that reflects the work of all our employees, managers and elected officials.”

The continued ability to balance the budget reflects a variety of efforts to reduce costs and strengthen the County’s balance sheet. These measures include:

  • Investments in treatment courts. The use of treatment courts, which are alternatives to incarceration, saved taxpayers an estimated $1 million in 2014 through a reduction in jail days, according to Court-provided figures.
  • Increased use of technology. The Commissioners have invested heavily in technology, such as document imaging/management and video conferencing, that streamline internal processes, reduce travel costs and paperwork. Other examples:
    • The County in 2015 will continue to strategically expand its use of mobile technology with the planned purchase of approximately 50 additional Windows based tablets. The tablets significantly reduce data entry needs and allow staff to access and input data real-time in the field instead of after returning to the office. The tablets typically are used in place of desktop or laptop computers when staff works in the office.
    • The County next year will continue a three-year effort to reduce servers in its three main buildings to reduce costs and improve internal efficiency.
  • Leveraging financing opportunities: The County will save $9.1 million through a debt refinancing approved in December and expected to close in January. The savings is the result of the County’s high credit rating and a favorable interest-rate climate.

The budget is available on the County’s website here. 

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