Berks commissioners keep taxes same in approval of county's $480 million budget

Posted: 12:31 PM EST Dec 12, 2013

Property taxes in the new year will stay the same for Berks County residents.

The county commissioners formally adopted Thursday a $480 million budget that calls for no tax increase.

The budget does include a $5 million deficit that will be covered by reserve funds, officials said.

The budget approved by the commissioners last year did raise taxes for the first time in eight years. The 6.3 percent increase was needed to offset a nearly $9 million deficit, they said.

Some of the unions representing county workers also agreed to a pay freeze for its members in 2013.

It remains to be seen whether any county jobs will be eliminated in 2014, said Commissioner Mark Scott, who noted that the county now employs fewer people than it did in 1995.