Counties need another way to raise money locally, say municipal leaders meeting in Harrisburg today. The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania is unveiling its legislative priorities for this year. Topping the list is a push to allow counties to implement a sales tax or personal income tax. The goal is to provide a revenue stream besides property taxes.
Other priorities include getting the state to pick up a larger share of the tab for court services, and funding for mass transit, roads and bridges.
Jim Kennedy is President of CCAP and a Butler County Commissioner. He says county leaders will be watching to see how the state resolves its budget shortfall, currently estimated at $2.3 billion. He says the solution should not be forcing counties to take a greater responsibility for the services they provide.