Dauphin County approves budget with no tax increase

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Dauphin County commissioners have approved a $245 million budget for 2015 with no tax increase.

The county’s millage rate under the spending plan will remain at 6.876 mills, meaning the owner of a home assessed at $100,000 will continue to pay $687.60 a year.

Commissioner Mike Pries, however, warned of the rising cost for funding the emergency 911 system. He said the the system was originally set up to be supported through fees primarily levied on landlines, but as more people use only mobile devices the funding hasn’t kept pace.

“In 2015, we are spending $2.3 million to subsidize the system,” Pries said in a news release. “Without state action, the burden of paying for 911 will increasingly shift to property taxes. It’s only fair to support 911 through fees on devices that can access the system.”

Included in the overall spending plan are $8 million in grants and state and federal funding, including $4.6 million for flood damage relief, $1.3 million for 911 emergency dispatch system upgrades, and an additional $1 million from the state for repairing the Duke Street Bridge between South Hanover and Hummelstown.

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