Dauphin County commissioners approve 2019 budget


Dauphin County commissioners say the 2019 budget puts the county on track to be debt free by 2025.

Commissioners approved the $247 million budget on Wednesday.

They said the spending plan holds the line on property taxes for an unprecedented 14 years straight and, barring unforeseen costs, continues the county’s path of paying off $68 million in debt.

The budget includes $11 million for the county’s municipal bridge project. The program uses state transportation funds to cover 40 percent of a municipality’s cost to repair or replace bridges.

Commissioners said consolidating operations at the Dauphin County Prison and the adjacent Judicial Center saved $500,000 this year and is projected to save $800,000 in 2019.

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