Harrisburg councilman proposes budget without tax hike

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A city councilman says he’s come up with his own budget plan that does not increase a tax on people who work in the capital city.

Brad Koplinski’s plan would trim spending, but it would not affect vital services like the police and fire departments, and it does not increase the local services tax.

Koplinski says he did this to counter Mayor Eric Papenfuse’s proposal to triple the tax from $52 to $156 a year. Papenfuse says the tax hike is needed to balance the budget.

Koplinski says his spending plan would cut seven positions and move another from full-time to part-time. He said all positions are new and are not currently held by anyone, so no city employees would lose their job.

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