2013 York County Budget Approved

Despite a workforce reduction and other cost-saving measures, the County’s run of three consecutive years without a tax increase will end in 2013.

The 2013 budget was approved today by the Board of Commissioners. It is substantially similar to the budget proposed earlier in the month.

The budget will result in a property tax increase of $55 per year, or $1.06 per week, for the owner of a property assessed at $150,000. The millage rate will increase to 4.52 mills from 4.15 mills.

The increase is primarily due to a projected $7.2 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 little choice but to backfill these dollars to support operations.

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

“No one in this administration is pleased about the prospect of a tax increase,” said President Commissioner Steve Chronister. “For the last three years, despite a major recession and growing demand for services, we’ve balanced our budget and held the line on taxes. Unfortunately, despite continued efforts to cut costs, we simply cannot absorb a $7 million federal and state funding shortfall.”

Steps to reduce costs in County government next year 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 receive 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.
  • 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 is available online here. 

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