Rehoboth Commissioners Approve FY 2023 Budget


Rehoboth Beach commissioners adopted this afternoon a $30.1 million budget for fiscal year (FY) 2023. The adopted budget maintains current tax and utility rates, allocates $6.4 million for capital improvements, and provides for a maximum 3% raise for employees. The $30,149,743 balanced budget represents a 9% increase over the adopted FY22 budget. The city’s fiscal year runs April 1-March 31.

“The city’s FY23 budget generally reflects expenditures that are in line with previous years and current economic conditions,” says City Manager Sharon Lynn. “As we have done in prior years, revenue amounts are projected conservatively. This budget is fair and realistic and ensures that the city continues to provide quality services to residents.”

The city’s budget provides for creation of an assistant city manager position, a $105,000 increase in contributions to local agencies, and an increase in starting pay rates for seasonal employees. The capital improvement budget affords for critical reconstruction of the State Road pump station, design of the Baltimore Avenue comfort station and Rehoboth Beach Patrol headquarters, and the hiring of a program manager to create a funding and phasing plan for the Wilmington/Baltimore Streetscape project.

Additional capital improvement items in the budget include the addition and extension of beach access mats, purchase of a hook hoist container truck and wheel loader, water and wastewater infrastructure assessment and repairs, installation of parking pay stations on Rehoboth Avenue, water meter replacements, and annual citywide street paving.

The budget reflects a new three-year agreement with the police union that calls for a 3% raise this year and 2.5% raises each of the next two years.

City Commissioners have unanimously approved Evan Miller to serve as interim City Manager after Sharon Lynn leaves her position in early May. Commissioners have opted to hire an outside agency to assist in the search for a new City Manager.