Category Archives: Budget

Recap: Four days of budget hearings, lots of dollar signs

A week of testimony during preliminary budget hearings revealed departments whose resources are already being stretched to the max, city workers said. But with healthcare and pension costs that continue to rise, York Mayor Kim Bracey and some city council … Continue reading

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Cut $4 million? OK, but how?

Several York City Council members called for big cuts to the budget last week — to the tune of $4 million — so that the city could scale back its highest-in-the-county real estate taxes. But council members say that all … Continue reading

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Can the city reduce its budget by cutting payroll?

When several York City Council members called for big changes in the city’s spending habits, many readers on the Daily Record/Sunday News Facebook page called for them to make the first move by cutting their own compensation. “Pensions, Pay for … Continue reading

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York City Council to discuss Earned Income Tax hike Sept. 24

York City Council will discuss raising the Earned Income Tax by a quarter-of-a-percent to fund a $2.2 million increase in pension payments at its committee meeting Sept. 24.

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City has more retired police and fire personnel than active

Heading into the 2015 budget season, York’s money woes, and by default, pension problems, are front and center for city officials. Facing a $2.2 million increase in pension payments thanks to the expiration of state legislation that gave the city … Continue reading

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What do you think of Mayor Kim Bracey’s “5 game-changers?”

With another tight budget season on the horizon, York Mayor Kim Bracey has begun a series of articles outlining five ways she believes York can right its fiscal ship. Many of the initiatives are ones she has supported throughout her … Continue reading

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City posts listing for Business Administrator position

Looking for a new job? York is accepting applications for its Business Administrator position — the post left vacant by former city employee Michael O’Rourke this spring after he was relieved of his duties.

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Read O’Rourke’s letter of resignation, separation agreement

Former York Business Administrator Michael O’Rourke accrued nearly a year of vacation time during his decade and a half in office, and his recent departure will now cost the city more than $97,000, according to the terms of a separation … Continue reading

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Conversation over tax exoneration request from Logos Academy turns heated

Update, 8:45 p.m. York City Council passed a resolution exonerating Logos Academy, a private, non-charter school that serves low-income students, from its 2013 taxes during a council meeting Tuesday night. Logos was awarded tax-exempt status beginning in 2014, but accrued … Continue reading

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City nearing deal with Union for new contract for blue, gray collar employees

York appears to be nearing the end of a more than year-long dispute over a new union contract with Teamsters Local 776, which represents blue and grey collar working employees in the city. Michael O’Rourke, business administrator for York, said … Continue reading

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