READING, Pa. -

Berks County taxpayers will have to dig a little deeper into their pockets next year.

The Berks County Commissioners have approved a budget for 2013, and it includes a six-point-three percent tax increase.

It's the first time taxes have been hiked in the county in eight years. The commissioners say the increase was needed to offset a nearly nine million dollar deficit.

Commissioners say a possible pay freeze for county workers is still being worked out.