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Blackwell: Citizens are content with county’s 2012-2013 budget

It is now year two of a multi-year plan put in place in 2011 to gradually cut the funding of agencies outside the control of York County Council.

Wednesday night at a public hearing, A Place for Hope Director Mary Hopman said she is pleased with the funds they’ll be receiving from the county.

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Wednesday’s hearing comes nearly a year after council voted to cut the funding of outside agencies, calling it more of a quote, “charity” than anything else. Part of next year’s 68-million dollar budget proposal also includes a merit pay increase.

The wife of a York County Sheriff’s Deputy addressed council last night, echoing what are likely the concerns of many county employees.

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Sheriff Bruce Bryant, who addressed council back in December, pleading for the opportunity to pay his staff more, says a raise is badly needed.

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Bryant says he’s lost a number of good employees to area agencies who are paying more.

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York County Council Chairman Britt Blackwell said that after last year, he was expecting a bigger turnout.

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Blackwell said that this next year’s budget is a bit easier to swallow because it’s not hitting taxpayers as hard in the wallet.

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York County Council Chairman Britt Blackwell said Wednesday he was surprised that only two dozen citizens came out for the hearing, but says that a low turnout was likely due to a solid financial year and that there was not a property tax reassessment underway as the budget was under consideration.

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