York County commissioners denied a request from county tax collectors for a rate increase, county officials said Wednesday.
“Looking at the tax increase we had to come up with for 2013, … I just thought it was appropriate to hold the line at the same level for the next four years,” said Commissioner Doug Hoke.
Commissioners Steve Chronister and Chris Reilly also voted to keep the compensation rate flat. Tax collectors will continue to receive 75 cents for each bill mailed and $2.14 for each bill collected.
Commissioners set that rate for four years, beginning in January of 2014.
County administrator Chuck Noll said tax collectors wanted an increase in compensation of slightly more than 19 percent — an increase of 20 cents for each bill mailed and 35 cents for each bill collected. Noll said that would have equaled an increase of about $90,400 in total compensation from the county, up from the about $475,000 budgeted for 2013.
“I think, at this juncture, the tax collectors are compensated fairly,” Reilly said.
In December, when commissioners approved a final budget, county officials said they were limiting wage increases for non-bargaining employees to 1 percent, while also asking those employees to contribute more to their health care. Commissioners did not receive raises for 2013.
“I haven’t had a raise in three years,” Reilly said. “So the economic environment still isn’t right to be granting raises, especially, in my estimation, 19 percent raises.”
Municipalities and school districts also pay tax collectors, county officials said.
“Many of the tax collectors collect all three,” Noll said, adding that some school districts collect their own.
The county’s compensation for tax collection in York City, which has a treasurer who handles tax collection, is handled differently than other entities, Noll said.