First glimpse at York Co. budget: 2 mil tax increase; 3 percent employee raises

Posted May 8, 2013 9:12 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News

Your county taxes are likely going up next year — and county employees could see another raise.

York County Council got its first glimpse of the new budget Wednesday, that calls for a three percent merit increase for county staff. York County Council chairman Britt Blackwell says the merit, or pay-for-performance, increases are vital.

Interim York County Manager Anna Moore agreed with the pay-for-performance increase, while councilman Joe Cox suggested a two percent across-the-board increase for all county employees.

The budget proposal also calls for dipping into the county’s reserve funds while increasing taxes by one mil for the general fund and one mil towards debt service.

Moore cautions though that future spending outpacing revenue could be problematic.

Of the 33.3 new full-time equivalent positions that were requested, only 5.5 newly funded positions are included in the draft budget, along with an additional position previously funded by the solicitor’s office.

County documents provided Wednesday show a two mil tax increase would cost roughly $8 a year on a $100,000 home.