MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Commissioners OK $371 million budget

NORRISTOWN The Montgomery County commissioners on Thursday approved the $371 million general fund budget and several other spending plans as proposed last month.

About 11.7 percent of the general fund - $38.8 million - will go toward debt service on previous county borrowing.

In addition, the commissioners authorized $45.2 million for capital expenses, $6.2 million for open space, $103 million for employee health care, and $14.7 million for 911 dispatch services.

Officials heralded the budget, which does not raise taxes, as a model economic turnaround. The county tax rate will remain 3.152 mills, which equates to about $180 for every $100,000 of property value.

"Our plan has worked," said Commissioners Chairman Josh Shapiro. "We have shown that working together in a nonpartisan manner, focused on the economy, focused on making sure we fund the key functions of government and nothing more, is successful." - Jessica Parks