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Wilt column: Revised budget better, but it still has problems

The fiscal year 2015-16 Lancaster County budget version 6 (second reading) has been finalized with a 1.8 mill tax increase, using $1.3 million from the fund balance to cover what would ordinarily be a 4.6 mill additional tax increase. This allows council to claim that taxes have not been raised the maximum amount (2.8 mills), while actually spending 6.4 mills worth of tax money (228 percent of the maximum tax increase). More to the point, it camouflages County Council’s serious difficulty in living within its means.

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