Dagsboro OKs budget, pursues purchase of water meter registers

DAGSBORO — The town of Dagsboro’s fiscal year 2021 budget is locked in place, a spending plan that features a slight surplus and taps into the Water Department kitty to address a major issue with the meter registers that has plagued the town for more than a year. Council voted 5-0 during Monday’s meeting to […]

Sussex County’s FY2021 budget reflects the world of uncertainly

GEORGETOWN — Sussex County government officials say they have in place a budget for Fiscal Year 2021 — an ultra-conservative spending plan that reflects the economic uncertainty of the coronavirus crisis but still keeps all core services intact. Following a June 23 public hearing that drew one speaker via teleconference, county council gave its unanimous […]

House sends $4.52 billion budget to governor but two spending bills remain

DOVER — The House of Representatives approved a spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1 on Wednesday, sending the budget bill to the governor. By a 40-1 vote, the chamber solidified the $4.52 billion general operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year. While the budget is now complete with about a week to […]

Capital bond and grant-in-aid bills fail in Senate after GOP abstention

DOVER — The Senate defeated the capital bond and grant-in-aid funding measures Tuesday, with Republicans abstaining to protest what they described as a lack of transparency. While emphasizing they support the funding in the bills, several GOP senators said they had not been able to review the bills and want to hear feedback from constituents […]

Delaware Senate to vote on budget this afternoon

Watch the Delaware Senate Watch the Delaware House of Representatives DOVER — The Senate is set to vote on the budget bills today. The chamber will convene virtually at 3:30 to cast votes on the operating budget, capital budget and nonprofit grant-in-aid bills. From there, the measures will go the House, which figures to vote […]

Committee approves capital bond bill totaling $708 million, down 18% from this year

DOVER — Lawmakers completed drafting the capital bond bill Thursday, setting it up to be voted on by the full General Assembly next week. The committee approved a $708 million spending plan for the fiscal year beginning July 1. That total represents a decline of about $155 million (18%) from the current fiscal year and […]

Revenue projections increase as new budget year approaches

DOVER — Delaware lawmakers will have a little more money to work with as they finalize a budget for the fiscal year that starts in two weeks. The panel that sets Delaware’s official revenue forecast voted Wednesday to increase the revenue estimates for both the current and new fiscal years. The Delaware Economic and Financial […]

Dover moves smaller proposed FY2021 budget forward

DOVER — It was far from an easy chore for Dover City Manager Donna Mitchell and her staff to draft a fiscal year 2021 budget amid the uncertain economy that has unfolded throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, they obviously did something right as Dover City Council, which had allocated three nights of meetings to […]

Under financial pressure, budget committee kills employee pay raises, with caveat

DOVER — Delaware’s budget-writing committee voted Thursday not to fund contractually mandated pay raises for certain employees, at least for now. The Joint Finance Committee unanimously opted to waive collectively bargained “step” increases, which are given annually to educators, state troopers and deputy attorneys general, among others. At the same time, they put in place […]

In the midst of unprecedented challenges, JFC begins unusual budget markup

DOVER — The General Assembly’s budget-writing committee began diving into the COVID-ravaged spending plan on Tuesday, reviewing hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of potential cuts. While the Joint Finance Committee would normally convene in May to make significant changes to the governor’s January recommendations, this is not exactly a typical year. The 12 members […]