2022 taxes in York County: How did your municipality fare?

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch

With a new year comes an annual tradition: the budget crunch. 

How have some of York County's larger municipalities fared? Here's a look at how 2022 will hit your wallet.

Homeowners will see their first countywide tax hike since 2017 — after York County commissioners approved a 1-mill rate increase earlier in December. The average York County homeowner with a property assessment of $135,105 currently pays a $797.12 tax bill. The approved tax increase means they would pay an additional $135.11 next year.

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The $668 million budget deal came with a "slightly lower-than-expected" tax increase as a result of county employee and department heads reconfiguring expenses, said President Commissioner Julie Wheeler.

"The county spent a lot of time looking at other areas where we could curtail some expenses," Wheeler said in December. 

Aside from a countywide increase, several key municipalities managed to prevent a tax increase. The breakdown is as follows: 

  • Springettsbury Township will remain at 1.7 mills
  • Dover Township will remain at 1.3 mills
  • West Manchester Township will remain at 1.75 mills 
  • Hellam Township will remain at 2.4 mills 
  • York Township will remain at 1.24 mills 
  • Manchester Township will remain at 1 mills
  • West York will remain at 1.75 mills 

As part of its 2022 budget, West York eliminated its per capita tax for borough residents. The municipality, like several others, avoided a tax hike thanks in part to federal American Rescue Plan funding.

York City will also not see a tax increase, although the budget itself was subject to last-minute wrangling between the City Council and Mayor Michael Helfrich.

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The city's $95.6 million budget initially included over $6.4 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding. The council voted to strip a portion of that funding — leading to Helfrich's veto.

For a full breakdown of York County's 72 municipalities and the millage rates of each, visit https://bit.ly/34M8Ht3.

— Reporter Matt Enright contributed to this report. 

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at  @tina_locurto.