County Budgets

The 2016 York County budget was approved by York County Commissioners Steve Chronister, Doug Hoke and Chris Reilly at their regularly scheduled meeting on Dec. 23, 2015. 

The plan increases County-levied property taxes for only the second time in seven years. The increase, which amounts to about $84 annually for the average residential property owner, is necessary due to rising costs in a number of core County services including public safety and child abuse prevention.

The County’s budget also was impacted by increases in employee pension costs, health care costs and a rising subsidy to support the County nursing home

Under the approved plan, the millage rate will be set at 5.16, up from 4.52 in 2015. The owners of an average home, with a property assessed at $131,345, would pay $677.74 in real estate taxes, an increase of $84.06 compared to 2015.

The $533.9 million budget includes general fund expenses of $212.6 million, an increase of 8 percent compared to 2015. 

You can learn how to calculate your county tax bill here. 

York County continues to be on solid financial footing. Standard & Poor’s in 2010 recognized the strength of the County’s finances when it upgraded the county’s credit rating to AA, one of the highest available ratings.

The Documents

Budget documents are presented below.

The General Fund Summary outlines revenue and expenditures associated with the County’s General Fund. The General Fund is primarily supported by property taxes and generally has no funding restrictions, so it is locally controlled.

The "Summary All Funds" document shows budget figures for each funding stream, including restricted-use funds derived from state and federal sources.  

Also included are line-item revenue and line-item expense budgets, which are detailed looks at each revenue and expense account. For a big-picture explanation of the budget, be sure to check out the budget presentations. They help explain trends in expenses and revenue that impact a given year’s budget.