2018 Preliminary County Budget Doesn’t Include Tax Increase

A view of the county and administrative offices in Doylestown.
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Bucks County’s preliminary budget for 2018 does not include a tax increase.

The Bucks County Commissioners last week released their preliminary operating budget for next year. The $426 million spending plan marks a 2.8 percent increase over the 2017 budget.

The preliminary budget for next year shows a $1,159,200 increase in revenues.

As in previous years, the health, housing and human services divisions account for 48 percent of the budget. The public safety departments make up 28 percent of the spending plan.

County budgeters plan to carry forward a general fund balance of $39.6 million.

“We knew the 2018 budget cycle would be the most challenging since 2012, a year when the County faced a preliminary deficit of $24 million,” Director of Finance and Administration David Boscola said. “We continue to try and close the gap between revenues and increasing expenditures.”

County officials said they will continue to “carefully analyze” the budget proposal.

The preliminary version of the budget is posted online.

A public meeting on the budget will take place Wednesday, November 29 at 5 p.m. in the Bucks County Administration Building Commissioners’ Meeting Room in Doylestown.

The Commissioners will vote on the budget on Wednesday, December 6 at 10 a.m. in the Bucks County Administration Building.

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Tom Sofield

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Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: Phone: 215-431-1001