‘Tis the season for political wrangling

“It’s that time of year again!” according to a mailing from York Mayor Kim Bracey.

In that email, sent today to subscribers to the city’s email list, the mayor talks a bit about the budget.

She also weighs in on financial challenges she says come from the state level, and are “beyond our control.”

If you follow the YDR blogs, you know two officials already sparred over a similar question once this budget season, on the YDR Politics blog .

For background, York city like most municipalities is currently in the middle of approving a 2013 budget. In the city, that means the mayor comes up with a proposed budget, and then the city council dissects those numbers, perhaps changing a few along the way.

Last year, officials took that debate right down to the deadline.

This year, things have been a little less contentious, with the mayor initially proposing a 2013 budget that includes no tax increase. Of course, that hasn’t kept council members from taking her to task on salary raises and a few potential cuts.

And, as mentioned, it hasn’t kept the mayor from weighing in on state politics, specifically at the bottom of her recent email release.

“We continue to believe that we are doing as much as we can with the revenues that come into our city coffers. Still, we have looming issues, not just in York, but in our neighboring cities and municipalities,” she writes. “Tax reform is necessary and only the state legislators have the authority to make those changes for all the taxpayers in Pennsylvania.”

Mayor Bracey then points citizens to this webpage, where folks can contact their state legislators.

Anyway, it all reminded me a little of an exchange on the YDR Politics blog, in which state Rep. Seth Grove responded to a proposed 8.9 percent real estate tax increase for York County, and the county’s spokesman then responded to Grove.

Interesting reading, especially for those of us who follow local politics. Sorting it all out will, of course, take some time. It always does.

But there’s little doubt the mayor is right.

It is indeed that time of year.

What’s your take on the tax system, and specifically on what changes need to be made in how the government handles taxation?

About Tim Stonesifer

Tim Stonesifer is the York city reporter for the York Daily Record/Sunday News. Email him at tstonesifer@ydr.com, call 771-2032 or follow him on Twitter @timstonesifer.
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