Dover city manager to present draft of new budget tonight

DOVER — Dover City Manager Donna Mitchell will present her Fiscal Year 2019-’20 Draft Budget to members of Dover City Council tonight at a meeting scheduled from 6 to 9 at council chambers inside City Hall.

The public is welcome to attend.

In a pre-meeting letter to Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen and members of Dover City Council, Ms. Mitchell wrote:

“Enclosed is the proposed Fiscal Year 2019-2020 City of Dover Draft Budget for your consideration. The City staff provided a great deal of assistance in meeting the challenges we faced with the presentment of a balanced and policy compliant budget. The proposed budget reflects our continued commitment to providing cost-effective, efficient, basic municipal services for our citizens, visitors and business community. The proposed budget also provides more resources for enhanced public works maintenance, building inspections, and code enforcement activities. It also lays the groundwork to begin the discussion on a stormwater utility.”

Donna Mitchell

The total financial plan for FY-2020 is proposed to be $147,799,200. The plan includes an operating budget of $131,756,500 and a capital investments budget of $16,042,700. The FY-2020 financial plan represents a decrease of .5 percent over the original FY-2019 financial plan of $148,398,300, the net result of higher personnel cost and reduced capital projects.

“The budget meets the Council’s policy of City operating expenditures not to exceed revenues. The Budget recommendation includes use of prior year budget balance favorability to help fund capital project cost,” the letter said.

If needed, there are two other meetings scheduled to look at the proposed budget on Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m. inside council chambers and on June 3 from 6 until 8 p.m.

The lengths and dates of the budget meetings are estimated and are subject to change based on length of discussion among council members.

Delaware State News staff writer Mike Finney can be reached at mfinney@newszap.com.

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