Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Council OKs sheriff's deal; budget hearing on tap

Delaware County Council approved an ordinance Wednesday that will allow for the sharing of Sheriff’s Office services, personnel and equipment with neighboring Chester County.

Delaware County Sheriff Joseph McGinn and Chester County Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh provided information about the agreement at council’s meeting. Under the agreement, the sheriff’s departments will coordinate services such as combining trips to pick up prisoners in other counties or states which will save money in gas mileage.  

“The trips are really costly and time consuming,” said Welsh, a Delaware County native.

Chester County commissioners approved a similar version of the agreement back in August.

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A public hearing on the county’s 2013 budget will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday in the county council meeting room in the Government Center in Media.

The proposed $330 million spending plan includes a 2.8 percent tax hike.

The budget calls for a millage rate of 5.452, which is an increase of 0.15 mills or 2.8 percent, according to county officials. A mill represents $1 in tax for every $1,000 in assessed property value. An average taxpayer with a home in the county assessed for tax purposes at $130,000 would therefore generate a county property tax of $708.75 — an increase of about $19.75 over the prior year.

County Solicitor Michael Maddren presented Delaware County Council with the first reading of the 2013 budget ordinance at Wednesday’s meeting. The second reading and vote on the final adoption of the budget is slated for county council’s Dec. 12 meeting.

Last year, council approved a 2.3 percent tax hike.  

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