York County’s initial budget calls for slight property tax increase

York County’s initial budget calls for slight property tax increase.  

If York County’s preliminary 2016 budget is approved, the typical homeowner will pay $72.24 more in property taxes, it was recently announced in York, Pennsylvania.

This is only the second increase in seven years.

An average household possessing a property worth $131,345 would pay $665.92 in real estate taxes in 2016 — an increase from $593.68 in 2015 — under the proposed plan. The county’s $532.5 million budget includes general fund expenses of $212.2 million, a hike of 7.8 percent compared to 2015.

The county is currently looking at several sources of financial pressure, Administrator Mark Derr said, with anticipated price surges in health care, pension contributions, children and family funds, nursing care and debt refinancing. Most increases in those categories stem from increased claims, a rise in operational costs, staffing and changes in child protective services laws.

Additionally, the need for an upgraded 911 system and over three quarters of a million dollars in capital expenses — partially earmarked to replace aging municipal vehicles — take a bite out of the budget. Funding appeals from certain departments would stall in order to accommodate priorities.

Approval of the final budget is scheduled for Dec. 23 and will be available to the public via the county’s website and at the Commissioners’ Office.

York County is the ninth most populous county in Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 434,972. Its county seat is the city of York. The county was created on August 19, 1749, from part of Lancaster County and named either for the Duke of York, an early patron of the Penn family, or for the city and shire of York in England.

York County comprises the York-Hanover, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Harrisburg-York-Lebanon, PA Combined Statistical Area. It is in the Susquehanna Valley, a large fertile agricultural region in south-central Pennsylvania.

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