York County budget plan would raise taxes by nearly 9 percent

A preliminary 2013 budget presented Wednesday to York County's Board of Commissioners would raise taxes for home owners.

The $470 million plan calls for a tax rate increase of 8.9 percent,
or $55 per year for owners of a property assessed
at $150,000.

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

Commissioners said the increase is mostly due to a $7.2 million loss in state and federal funding for county services such as the 911 Center, Children, Youth and Families and nursing home.

The spending plan also calls for a net reduction in the county workforce of 12 positions, saving approximately $500,000; limiting wage increases for non-bargaining employees to one percent, while also asking these employees to contribute more to their health care; and a refinance of county debt to save $1.9 million next year.

The commissioners said they will not accept a pay increase.

The proposal will be available for public inspection at the Commissioners' Office and online at yorkcountypa.gov.

The commissioners are expected to vote on a final budget on December 19.

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