Dauphin County could see 11th year without tax increase

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - Despite the ongoing state budget crisis in Pennsylvania, Dauphin County Commissioners say taxes aren't expected to go up next year for the area.

Commissioners say careful financial planning has allowed the county to keep costs down and cover the nearly 21 million in state funding for human services which is being withheld due to the budget impasse.  Officials say these funds are being taken from reserves.

County Commissioners say several factors such as stock market earnings, low gas prices, and refinancing millions in bonds are just a few of the factors that helped them avoid the tax increase.

"We've gotten creative with some things," Commissioner Jeff Haste said. "We've tried to use dollars to leverage other dollars, the gaming grants have helped us, proper use of tourism has boosted up some revenue stream from the other side and that's working with partners outside of county government , and so it's really just a team effort."

The Dauphin County budget is expected to be approved in December. This could be the 11th straight year with a tax increase in the county.