18 Straight Years: Dauphin County Commissioners’ 2023 Budget Proposal Once Again Without a Tax Increase


The Dauphin County Commissioners proposed a budget for 2023 which – for an unprecedented 18th consecutive year – is without a property tax increase.

The budget is available for public inspection for the next 20 days online HERE and at the Dauphin County Administration Building at 2 S. Second St., Harrisburg.

The commissioners will vote to adopt the 2023 budget at the Dec. 14 public meeting. They noted there could be some additional cuts made prior to the vote.

The proposed general fund budget is $221.6 million.

“Holding the line on taxes gets harder with each passing year, as the costs of goods and services continue to rise,” Commissioner Chair Mike Pries said. “This budget proposal truly involved a team effort that we are proud of.”

The county millage rate is remaining at 6.88 mills, per the proposal.

“This proposal includes investment in our workforce,” Commissioner Chad Saylor said. “We have spent the past couple weeks in budget hearings making significant cuts that will save the county money.”

Commissioner George P. Hartwick, III said:

“It is becoming much more expensive to operate in government. We will continue to be mindful of ways to use non-taxpayer resources so to minimize financial stress on our residents.”

Commissioner Pries warned: “We must stay modest and keep perspective; we have some tough challenges ahead.”

Staffing and employee retention remains a challenge, particularly in social services departments. Unfunded mandates, such as those from the state for running elections, have been burdensome. Costs of materials remains high.

MEDIA CONTACT: Brett Hambright, Press Secretary, 717-780-6311; bhambright@dauphincounty.gov