Northumberland Tax Hike Looms

Northumberland County residents should now brace for a potential tax hike as there is now a proposal on the table for a $50.5 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The proposed increase of 13% in real estate taxes has sparked concern among residents, marking one of the highest hikes in recent years. With the hefty increase, the budget allocates funds for things like pay raises for county staff, along with essential services. With revenues projected at $41.5 million and expenditures totaling $46.2 million, the budget faces scrutiny for its potential impact. The next phase includes a public hearing scheduled for June 6 to gather community feedback on the proposed budget.