York County residents have one more reason to be thankful: The county commissioners Wednesday approved a tentative budget that holds the line on taxes.

The $476.7 million spending plan for 2014 calls for a tax rate of 4.52 mills, the same as this year. That works out to about $675 on a $150,000 home.

The current commissioners -- and administrator/chief clerk Chuck Noll, who drafts the budget -- deserve credit for running a tight ship while navigating York County through the troubled economic times since the Great Recession.

If the proposed budget is approved, as expected, in December, the board will have raised taxes just once in five years.

Granted, that one tax increase in 2013 was steep -- 8.9 percent for 2013.

But it was necessitated by about a $7 million reduction in state funding -- not reckless spending or poor planning.

The state has restored some of that money earmarked for emergency and social services, allowing the commissioners to keep taxes flat even as they anticipate a slight, 0.9 percent increase in the county's 2014 general fund budget.

President Commissioner Steve Chronister credits a bit of luck, plus the understanding and cooperation of county employees, for the board's record on taxes.

For their part, non-union employees would see a 1.6 percent pay increase in the proposed budget -- a raise tied to the Consumer Price Index.


It's hard to begrudge them that, especially since the commissioners aren't asking residents to dig any deeper to cover the raise.

The fact is many York countians are still recovering from the recession and haven't seen a raise themselves in years.

The county commissioners seem to be mindful of that fact and have done a decent job pinching pennies to avoid adding to residents' financial burdens.

We wish more of our elected officials were as careful with our money.