Thursday, November 3, 2011

County releases prelim budget details

Delaware County Executive Director Marianne Grace presented the preliminary 2012 draft budget to county council Wednesday afternoon.

Here are some details:

The total budget stands at $323 million. The proposed millage rate is 5.304, which is an increase of .120 mills or 2.3 percent, according to Grace’s report. A mill is $1 in tax for every $1,000 in assessed property value.

“For council’s consideration, this preliminary draft budget calls for a millage rate that will result in an approximate increase of $16 annually for the average homeowner,” states Grace’s report.

Last year, council passed a final budget with no tax increase.

“However, given the unknown variables at this time and in order to continue to provide essential public safety services including 911 response, the operation of the county court system and the county prison as well as the provision of geriatric services and mandated human service programs, this office believes that proposed millage increase is prudent,” states the report.

County council has until Dec. 13 to adopt its final budget.

As a resident of Delco, what are your thoughts on the preliminary draft budget?


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