Cumberland County officials try to stave off significant tax hike

Written by Megan Lello, witf Reporter and Producer | Oct 10, 2012 4:05 AM

(Carlisle) -- Cumberland County residents could see an increase in their property taxes for the first time in four years.

The county's chief clerk and finance director recently told the board of commissioners a 22.5 percent increase would be needed to get through next year, if costs aren't cut elsewhere.

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Commissioner Barbara Cross says she expects the number to drastically decrease as the board looks for other ways to balance the budget.

She says even with a potential tax increase looming, the county is still faring pretty well financially. "We still have not seen the overwhelming depression or recession that some areas of the commonwealth have experienced. That's not to say that there are not those individual households that are not experiencing very challenging times, and I respect that."

Cross says the county faces a potential hike in retirement and health insurance costs, coupled with a dip in funding from the state.

She notes tax revenues provide the only real source of earnings for the county.

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