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.