The Delaware County Board of Supervisors approved a $96.6 million budget for 2013 during its Wednesday regular meeting. The spending plan will raise taxes about 3.9 percent, board Chairman James Eisel said.
This was less than the previous estimate of 4.4 percent at the time of the Nov. 14 public hearing needed to override the state’s 2-percent tax cap. A public hearing on the budget was held at noon before Wednesday’s meeting.
More cuts were made since the mid-November meeting, he said. “We did the best we could” in tough economic times. The budget maintains employment at current levels, which is important, he said, as the board did not want to add to the issues facing local economies. It also limited use of fund balance as the county waits to see how the federal government will deal with the larger economic issues facing the country, he said.
“We must provide essential services,” including providing safe highways and bridges, he said. This budget will help the county meet its “future challenges.”