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Lancaster County must fix its budget problems

Lancaster County suffers from severe budget problems every year because the tax revenue from its assessed valuation increases by only about $1.8 million per year even if it raises taxes by the maximum amount while its expense budget wants to rise at least $4 million every year.

For many years the county has relied on one-time money to provide the difference. It raised its building permit fees into the clouds and makes several million dollars each year from the sale of building permits.