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Some unhappy with Lehigh County plan to cut spending, taxes

By Bo Koltnow, Reporter, BKoltnow@wfmz.com
Published On: Oct 10 2012 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 11 2012 08:32:58 PM CDT

A plan on the table in Lehigh County would make both lower taxes and less spending a reality.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

A budget battle is bristling in Lehigh County. 

In a 5-4 vote on the 2013 proposed budget Wednesday night, the Lehigh County commissioner's cut $5 million in personnel spending while giving the average homeowner a $44 property tax break.

Other county officials, however, aren't convinced, saying the cuts will hurt public services and could lead to future layoffs and tax hikes.

"It's not achievable. Can't be done in one year. Cuts are line items, which are in personnel," said Lehigh County Executive Bill Hansell.

"Puts pressure on commissioners and executive to continue to work on real priorities and performance measures," said Commissioner Scott Ott.

Hansell said he will veto the bill if it makes it to his desk.