2022 taxes in York County: How did your municipality fare?
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.