After public hearings Wednesday, with a couple of comments opposing the moves at each, the Delaware County Board of Supervisors approved overriding a state property tax cap and providing raises to department heads during its regular meeting, board Chairman James Eisel said. The budget calls for a tax hike of 4.4 percent, he said.
Contractual fringe benefits, including health care and retirement, and a flat $1,000 per employee raise, were factors in the tax increase.
“We slashed and burned everything we could without affecting mandated services, while keeping people employed,” in getting to this point in the process, he said.
There will be a public hearing on the budget Nov. 28 at noon. During the regular meeting that will follow at the county office building, the supervisors could vote on the spending plan, he said.