2013 Preliminary County Budget Presented

The preliminary 2013 York County budget was presented Wednesday, Nov. 21 to the Board of Commissioners.

The plan as outlined would end the County’s run of three consecutive years without a tax increase. The $470 million plan calls for a tax rate increase of 8.9 percent, or $55 per year ($1.06 per week), for the owners of a property assessed at $150,000.

The millage rate would increase to 4.52 mills from 4.15 mills. 

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The increase is due primarily to a $7 million loss in state and federal funding for core county services such as the 911 Center, Children, Youth and Families and nursing home. The County has no option but to backfill these dollars to support operations.

Otherwise, growth in county government for 2013 would be held to a nominal rate of 1.9 percent, lower than the rate of inflation.

“This budget continues our commitment to reining in spending and focusing county government on core responsibilities,” said President Commissioner Steve Chronister. “Unfortunately, after maintaining no-tax-increase budgets for three years, we are unable to absorb such large cuts passed down by the state and federal governments.”

Steps to reduce costs in County government for 2013 include:

  • A net reduction in the county workforce of 12 positions, saving approximately $500,000
  • Limiting wage increases for non-bargaining employees to 1 percent, while also asking these employees to contribute more to their health care. The Commissioners will not accept a pay increase.
  • A refinance of county debt, to save $1.9 million in 2013.

The County is also continuing to support strategic investments shown to improve efficiency and reduce costs over the long term. Initiatives include:

  • Continued support of the York County Court of Common Pleas’ treatment court programs, which reduce costly stays in York County Prison by local prisoners. The freed-up beds create space for federal immigration detainees. The County generates approximately $83 per day for each detainee held at the prison. Detainee revenue is projected at $25.6 million in 2013.
  • Continued focus on technology to drive innovation and efficiency. The total technology budget for 2013 is $1.7 million. The technology budget includes funds to:
    • Upgrade parts of the county’s 911 system
    • Implement a new state-mandated reporting system for the Office of Children, Youth and Families,
    • Upgrade core information technology systems.

The 2013 York County budget will be available for public inspection at the Commissioners’ Office and online here. The Commissioners are expected to vote on a final budget on Wednesday, Dec. 19.

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