Gridlocked: Bucks County says no Pa. budget, no tax payments

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 25, 2015 3:05 AM

FILE PHOTO: State House Majority Leader Dave Reed, R-Indiana, speaks with members of the media Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, at the state Capitol. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Doylestown) -- Elected officials in a suburban Philadelphia county have turned the tables on state government, withholding all tax payments owed to Pennsylvania because state lawmakers and the governor have failed to reach agreement on a budget. 

Bucks County commissioners say they will withhold between $4 million and $5 million in monthly taxes and fees meant for the state, including real estate transfer taxes and revenues collected by the civil and criminal courts. 

State aid to counties has dried up due to the five-month budget impasse.

Bucks finance director Dave Boscola says the county has been draining its cash reserves and could run out of money by the end of the year. 

County Commissioner Rob Loughery says "nobody at the state has felt any pain throughout this budget stalemate.''

He adds, "We strongly encourage other counties to follow suit'' by withholding tax money. 

The budget impasse's impact on counties will be the topic of discussion on WITF's Smart Talk at 9:00 a.m. today.

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