Forever Lebanon Valley

2022 County Budget Proposed with 18% Tax Hike

Chairman Commissioner Bob Phillips signs documents pertaining to the County’s new Emergency Services Center, a major cost driver in the 2022 budget.

The curtain has been lifted on Lebanon County’s proposed budget for 2022 and it shows a jump in property taxes of 18%.

Yesterday, Chief County Administrator Jamie Wolgemuth presented the fiscal plan that comes in with a bottom line of $123.9 million and increases in general fund spending by 6.62% to $54 million dollars.

The tax increase is attributable primarily to the cost of medical care at the Lebanon County Correctional Facility and expenses for the construction of the county’s new, state of the art Emergency Services and 911 Center:

But Wolgemuth said another big factor for the tax hike is the explosion of costs related to county employee healthcare:

For residents with a home assessed at the county average of $168 million, taxes would increase from the current $556.27 annually to $657.64 in 2022, a jump of $101.37.