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Lebco Property Owners to See Tax Increase in 2022

Lebanon County Commissioners Bill Ames (in background), Bob Phillips (center) and Jo Ellen Litz (in foreground) during the November 18, 2021 meeting.

What began as a discussion to fill time before the next planned presentation at yesterday’s Lebanon County Commission meeting turned into a 15 minute chat about the 2022 budget, which is currently in the final stages of preparation.

Chief County Administrator Jamie Wolgemuth said the county has weathered a deficit for the past couple of years and there’s going to be another one this year:

But the really big item causing the deficit is the county’s contract with Primecare, to provide full medical service at the Lebanon County Correctional Facility.

It was signed in 2019 at a cost of three million dollars a year:

But the really big item causing the deficit is the county’s contract with Primecare, to provide full medical service at the Lebanon County Correctional Facility.

It was signed in 2019 at a cost of three million dollars a year:

A “revenue increase through millage” is government-speak for a tax increase.

The Lebanon Valley Daily News directly asked county commissioners if Lebanon County taxpayers should strap themselves in and brace for a tax increase.

Here’s Chairman Commission Bob Phillips’ response:

There are still a few county departments that have to present their budget requests to commissioners, so the exact amount of any tax increase has yet to be determined.

The final county budget is scheduled for a vote on December 22nd.