York Officials: Division to Blame for Financial Woes

A representative from the IRS met with York city officials this past week to address unpaid payroll taxes dating back to 2010.

As city officials work to address the problem, some contend that the city's biggest problem is division. According to York Mayor Glenda Dubose, division among city leaders is almost crippling progress.

"There have been solutions and proposals -- I'll say -- that have been put on the table, but they just fall on deaf ears," Dubose says.

"The mayor has discussed on several occasions how to cut expenses, how to reduce expenditures," York city administrator Tim Sweezey says. "Some of the things we need to do. I brought some things to the table for example like privatization of garbage services; thins of that nature. The mayor has raised the issued of raising permit fees and things like that."

It was only last October when Mayor Dubose and city administrator Tim Sweezey say they first learned that the city was behind by more than a year on payroll taxes. Committed to now making those payments, both say steps could have to be taken to help the city save more money.

"Going to a 4-day work week with our Street and Sanitation Department," Sweezey says. "That might be a possibility, 10 hours a day, four days a week and then somebody on call on Friday."

Meanwhile, with the opening of the city's newest addition, which will be a Family Dollar store in coming weeks, both the mayor and city administrator stress that good things are happening in York.

Another reason for the city's financial problems could be the large number of people living below the poverty level there. Census figures show that almost 40% of York's population has income below the poverty line.

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