WILKES-BARRE -- Property owners in Luzerne County should brace for a tax hike.
County Manager David Pedri unveiled his proposed 2018 budget Tuesday night which calls for a 2 percent increase in property taxes.
The increase amounts to about $12 more per year for a property assessed at $100,000.
Pedri says the hike is needed to cover increases in health care and pensions for county employees.
Luzerne County council has until mid-December to approve a final budget.