Proposed County Budget Holds the Line on Taxes for a 19th Year

Nov 22, 2023

HARRISBURG – The Dauphin County Commissioners are on track to ensure 2024 is the 19th straight year without a property tax increase.

The commissioners have drafted a spending plan that holds the line on taxes. Prior to a board vote anticipated Dec. 13, the proposed budget is available for public review at (budget page) and on the fourth floor at 2 S. Second St., Harrisburg.

The general fund budget is anticipated to be roughly $222 million.

“A lot of hard work and careful review has brought us to the point where we can maintain this impressive streak of 19 years without a tax increase,” said Mike Pries, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners.

“We’ve been very focused this year on recruiting and retaining qualified staff to ensure we are providing a high level of service for people visiting our parks, interacting with our court system and more,” Commissioner Chad Saylor said.

“No matter what we have been dealt from the federal and state level, we have been able to lead the way to provide essential services to residents. Our fiscal responsibility has allowed us to be nimble and creative in how our tax dollars are spent without compromising the high level of service that our residents rely on,” Commissioner George P. Hartwick III said.

The property tax rate for county services is 6.88 mills, with a mill representing $1 for every $1,000 of assessed property value, which differs from appraised property value.