State Panel Boosts Del. Revenue Outlook

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Delaware’s incoming state revenues are starting to rebound. The state’s revenue forecasting panel added $88,200,000 to the state’s revenue estimates Wednesday. The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council update is the final one for the current fiscal year. It remains to be seen, but some of that money may be used to restore negotiated salary…

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Worcester Co. FY ’21 budget holds the line on property taxes

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Worcester County will maintain its real property tax rate at 84.5 cents per $100 of assessed value under a budget approved by County Commissioners for fiscal year 2021. The spending package totals more than $204,000,000, one-and-a-half percent more than the current year’s budget. Worcester County Officials say they tried to act proactively to address the…

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Delaware Budget-Writers Could Look to Reserves

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With Delaware state revenues flagging due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) economic disruption, there is a possibility budget-writers could look to two reserve accounts to bridge a shortfall. The first of these reserves, often referred to as the Rainy Day Fund, is one of the most misunderstood mechanisms in state government. Adopted in 1980, Article 8,…

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DE General Assembly Session Postponed TFN

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In response to ongoing concerns about the Coronavirus pandemic, House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf and Senate President Pro Tempore David McBride announced Wednesday that the Delaware General Assembly is postponing legislative session until further notice. Legislative session originally was scheduled to resume on Tuesday, but was postponed last week due to the spread of coronavirus and recommendations…

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UPDATED: Gov Carney Signs FY 2020 Budget

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UPDATED – 6pm – Approved by the Delaware State Senate hours earlier, Governor John Carney has signed the $4.4-billion FY 2020 operating budget (HB 225).  As of 6:20pm HB 226 – the supplemental spending bill that appropriates an additional $62 million for one-time expenditures, was still waiting to be signed. Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Highlights:…

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DE Budget Passes in the State House

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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…

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Sussex County Council Approves FY 2020 Budget

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The Sussex County Council has approved the $185.8-million FY 2020 budget. A public hearing was held during this morning’s Council meeting. A dozen people spoke on the budget – several of them directors of county public libraries who all thanked the council for the increase spending which includes $20,000 each of the county’s independent libraries.…

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Worcester County’s $201.28-million FY 2019/2020 Budget Approved

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The Worcester County Commissioners have approved the FY 2019/2020 Operating Budget. The budget shows a 5.9% increase over the FY 19 budget, but reduces requested expenditures of $202.6-million by $1.5-million. The additional spending includes $4.5-million in additional fudning for other post-employment benefits for county and Board of Educaiton employees, $3.0-million for the BOE operating expenses…

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Sussex County Council This Week – Beyond the Budget

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The Sussex County Council got a preview of the proposed FY 2020 Budget this morning from County Administrator Todd Lawson and Finance Director Gina Jennings. Click here for more on the budget. County Administrator Todd Lawson read a proclamation that says the Month of May is Community Action Month. Executive Director, Bernice Edwards, spoke briefly…

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Proposed FY 2020 Sussex County Budget Unveiled

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The Sussex County Council has been presented with the proposed FY 2020 budget. The nearly $186-million spending plan includes no increase in the property tax or sewer service charges – however there are some fee increases – including in the Register of Wills office and for private road plan review and inspections through the Public…

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Mayor Day Unveils FY 2020 Salisbury Budget

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CLICK HERE FOR THE PROPOSED FY 2020 SALISBURY BUDGET Under cloudy skies, Salisbury Mayor Jake Day presented a sunny forecast for the city’s proposed FY 2020 budget. He told residents gathered at the Newton Tot Lot that the city is alert to the long-term challenges ahead, but it won’t be on the backs of citizens.…

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Berlin Council to Hold Public Meeting on Budget Issues March 26th

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As Berlin town officials begin the budget process – the council is looking at possible increases in the taxes and water and sewer rates. They are looking at a possible tax increase to help beef up the town’s General Fund. District 2 Councilman Zack Tyndall tells WGMD that the water and sewer fund has been…

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Rehoboth Commissioners Approve $24.3-m Budget for 2019-2020 Fiscal Year

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Rehoboth Beach is ready to begin the new fiscal year now that a $24.3-million balance budget has been approved for the FY 2019-2020 fiscal year. The budget includes funding for the city administration and police department, streets department and parking department. The city expects to collect revenues of $11.2 million in parking revenue, real estate…

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Delawareans Now Can Comment on the State’s Budget Process

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Delawareans who wish to comment on the work of the state’s legislative budget-writers now have a chance to do so.  A new email address has been established for you to bring your observations and concerns to the attention of the Joint Finance Committee and the Joint Bond Bill Committee.  The JFC crafts the state’s annual…

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MD Gov Larry Hogan Announces Proposed FY 2020 Budget

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Governor Larry Hogan today announced major items in the administration’s fiscal year 2020 budget, which will be officially submitted on Friday, January 18. The governor’s budget fully funds not only the administration’s priorities, but also all legislative mandated spending programs without raising taxes, cutting services, or raiding dedicated special funds. The budget leaves $1.3 billion…

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DE’s FY 2019 Budget Approved and Signed

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No race for the midnight deadline this year in approving and signing the FY 2019 Delaware Budget.  Governor John Carney signed Senate Bill 235 on Thursday after it received final passage in the State House.  The measure is a balanced $4.2-billion plan that makes investment in Delaware’s economy, workforce and public schools.  It also appropriates…

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DE State Senate Approves FY 2019

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With a week still to go in the Delaware General Assembly, the State Senate has already dealt with the proposed FY 2019 $796-million budget and passed the measure – sending it to the State House for consideration.  The budget increases spending by about 30% over this year and is $91-million more than Governor John Carney…

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Sussex County Council Adopts FY 2019 Budget & Approves Holly Wingate to P&Z Commission

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The Sussex County Council has approved the proposed $177-million operating budget for FY 2019. The council has approved the operating budget, assessment rolls and established the annual service charges and assessment rates for teh county water and sewer districts. The vote was unanimous for each. During the public hearing on the operating budget, Dan Kramer…

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Worcester County $190-m Budget Approved; Tax Rates Unchanged

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Worcester County Commissioners have approved the FY 2019 budget – and held taxes to the current tax rates.  This $190-million budget shows a decrease of 4.7% over the current budget and requested expenditures were cut by $21.5-million to balance the budget.  Tax rates will remain at 83.5 cents per $100 of assessed value for real…

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Ocean City Council Approves FY 2019 Budget

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The OC Council voted 6-0 to approve the FY 2019 budget as presented at the May 7 Regular Meeting. The FY 2019 Proposed total budget for all funds is $127,247,879, with a total General Fund budget of $85,065,185. This is an increase of $635,503 from the FY 2018 budget and requires property tax revenue of…

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