Chester County keeping taxes level

Chester County announced that the 2019 preliminary budget includes no increase in county real estate taxes and keeps the level of service in county departments — including human services, public safety and the courts — at approximately the same level as this year. “This was a struggle going through,” county Chief Financial Officer Julie Bookheimer told the audience at the commissioners’ sunshine work session. “But overall the tax rate will not be going up, and that looks good for the county.” Bookheimer said that under the county’s proposed budget, the general fund would increase to $475.9 million, up from $471 million.

The total budget would rise to $539 million, including a steady $63.4 million capital budget. Taxes, paid for by county property owners, would stay stable at 4.369 mills, with the median county property owner paying about $731, an increase over 2018 rates of $1.71, Bookheimer said. A mill is worth $1 for every $1,000 of assessed property value.

The proposed budget will be presented to the public at an open session scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. Tentative adoption of the budget by the commissioners is set for Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Source: Daily Local; 10/31/2018