Delaware is halfway to the start of the new fiscal year with the passage in the State House Thursday night of House Bill 225 – the Budget Bill and House Bill 226 – the appropriations bill – which allocates $61.9-million to provide one-time funded projects through the Office of Management and Budget. Both measures passed with a unanimous vote of 41 to 0. Both measures have now been delivered to the State Senate for consideration. The budget and bond bills must be approved by the start of the new fiscal year on July 1st.
State Lawmakers also approved HB 228 – the Local Lodging Tax for Sussex County. That is a local lodging tax of no more than 3 percent of rent on rooms in a hotel, motel or tourist home located in the unincorporated areas of the County. Funds may only be used in Sussex County for the capital and operating costs of beach nourishment, waterway dredging, economic development, tourism programs, recreational activities, and water quality and flood control projects.