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FY2001 Budget to
Increase by 5.37%

By ROXANN MOORE
Special to Sussex County Online

Outline of 2001 Budget Proposal

GEORGETOWN -- Sussex County Council reviewed a proposed Fiscal Year 2001 budget that calls for a 5 percent increase in spending but no changes in the tax rate at its regular meeting on Tuesday, May 16, 2000.

This is the 11th straight budget that does not require a tax increase, according to Robert "Bob" Stickels, Sussex County Administrator.

Stickels said the main causes of the spending increase are the needs of the county libraries, wastewater plants, paramedic and fire services. Part of the increase also includes the expansion of Milton's public library and increased paramedic services in the county.

The Sheriff's deparment and Recorder of Deeds have also requested spending increases, Stickels said.

The Sheriff's department's operating costs have increased by 24.26 percent because employees have been more active in transporting prisoners to and from the courts, according to Stickels. He said that department would be requesting two new automobiles this coming fiscal year, as well.

Part of the Recorder of Deeds increase is due to a project that placed old records on Mylar, Stickels said. The endeavor, which is still not complete, was underestimated by $300,000. This department had an expense increase of 26 percent with a revenue increase of 17 percent.

The budget hearing will be held on Tuesday, June 20, 2000 at council's regular meeting.

EPA Honoring Wastewater Facility

Sussex County tax bills will be mailed late this year due to legislation passed by the Delaware General Assembly. The legislation lets school districts delay setting their tax rates until the second week in July. However, taxes will still be due at the end of September, Stickels said.

In Other News, Council ...
  • Authorized David Baker, Finance Director for Sussex County, to release funds as necessary in the expansion, construction and equipping of wastewater plants. The money is slated for the Cedar Neck, Ocean View, Bethany Beach, Holts Landing, South Coastal Regional and North Millville Sewer Districts.

  • Announced that Sussex County resident Beatrice "Bea" Simonds will be honored for her dedication to serving others. She will be honored by Gov. Thomas Carper at Legislative Hall in Dover on Thursday, May 18, 2000 at 4 p.m.

  • Announced that county offices will be closed Monday, May 29, 2000 to observe Memorial Day. The county offices will reopen Tuesday, May 30, but there will not be a council meeting.

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