Lancaster County officials proposed a budget Wednesday for 2023 which indicates expected interest earnings will help the county avoid raising property tax rates.
On the motion of Commissioner Josh Parsons, and seconded by Commissioner John Trescot, the proposed budget was placed on record for public inspection until the final adoption on Dec. 21.
“This budget is balanced,” Patrick Mulligan, Budget Services Director, said during the Nov. 30 meeting. “There are no tax increases, there’s no layoffs. We’re funding approximately the same number of positions we currently have on the payroll for next year.”
Parsons said “congratulations are in order” for producing a budget proposal without a tax increase.
The county property tax rate remains at 2.911 Mills. (One mill is one dollar per $1,000 of assessed value.) The proposed budget anticipates over $125 million in revenue from county property taxes.
A portion of the federal funds awarded to the county under the American Rescue Plan Act are expected to earn approximately $6.8 million in interest in 2023, according to the proposed budget.
The proposed budget for 2023 is preliminary, with an extended budget hearing scheduled for Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. That hearing is expected to include discussions on salaries for the commissioners and other county officials.