Property taxes in West York are unlikely to rise next year.

The borough plans to advertise a balanced budget that holds the line on taxes and avoids laying off any borough employees. An initial proposal to cut one highway position had worried many residents in the crowd at Monday's borough council meeting.

Most of that meeting was consumed by a nearly one-hour executive session the council called to discuss a personnel issue. At one point, residents outside the room could hear shouting and banging inside council chambers.

Afterward, council members said they had agreed to preserve a job in the borough's three-person highway department.

"We have sat here at the table and worked out the figures," council president Steve Herman said when the doors re-opened to the public. "Nothing has changed."

Millage rate: With a rate of 6.5 mills, West York property owners pay more in municipal property taxes than any other York County municipality except one. York City's municipal rate of 20.37 mills is more than three times West York's rate.

West York's 2013 budget proposal was not provided to the public at Monday's meeting.

Councilwoman Shelley Metzler said budget figures were changed on the computer during the executive session and updated copies had not yet been printed.

Metzler said the original proposal to cut one salary in the highway department resulted from budgeting errors.


"The numbers weren't right, so there was no reason for a layoff," she said.

Councilman Brian Wilson said the council found about $30,000 elsewhere in the budget to preserve the employee's job.

"I'm happy that we're not losing an employee," he said.

The council could approve the 2013 budget at its Dec. 17 meeting.

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