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Mayor Jake Day laid out a $58.8 million budget for the city of Salisbury yesterday that includes a 6.7 percent cut in property taxes

That amount will be come down from 96 cents for $100 of assessed property value.

The Salisbury Daily Times also reports that the mayor proposed an 11 percent cut for personal property taxes that businesses pay out for inventory and equipment.  

There will also be a major restructuring of city government creating five new departments and eliminating four others.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Sen. Ben Cardin is scheduled to host a town hall meeting at the Maryland Association of Counties summer conference.

The forum is set for Thursday afternoon in Ocean City.

The Democrat is scheduled to talk to county officials about priority legislation in Washington and hear directly from them about challenges of local concern.

He's also expected to talk about infrastructure investment, the opioid addiction crisis and international affairs.


Federal disaster relief is coming to Delaware to rebuild the infrastructure damaged during winter storm in January.

President Obama signed the Delaware Disaster Declaration bill sending aid to those areas of the state hit by the snowstorm and flooding in late January.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that many of the dunes disappeared under the heavy flooding along the coastal areas.

There will be money for the north end of the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk and the storm water pipes that were damaged because of the heavy waves.

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Virginia got White House approval for a declaration of disaster which will provide supplemental aid to the state.

January’s snow storm struck the commonwealth hard and the federal funds will go toward repairing and replacing infrastructure.

WBOC reports that twenty counties and five cities were particularly hard hit by the storm.

Meanwhile, Maryland got approval for a disaster declaration last week while Delaware is still awaiting a response to its request.

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A ten cent increase in Delaware’s gas tax is now up for consideration in the state legislature.

It’s estimated that the increase would raise around $50 million and would go toward infrastructure such as bridges and roads.

Unlike a previous attempt by Governor Jack Markell in 2014 it would expire after a year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that this would allow lawmakers to assess the impact of the falling oil prices.

But several Republicans voiced their opposition to the increase.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - In the waning hours of this year's legislative session, the General Assembly's budget-writing committee has reversed a decision to cut grant funding for nonprofit groups and community agencies.

Members of the Joint Finance Committee voted unanimously Tuesday evening to reverse a decision they made last week to impose across-the-board cuts of 5 percent for local groups that receive money from the state's grant-in-aid package.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has rejected a Democratic proposal to raise vehicle fees to pay for road and infrastructure improvements.

The measure was defeated on a party-line vote Thursday in the Democrat-controlled Senate, having cleared the Democrat-led House on a party-line vote last month.

The Democratic House majority was big enough for the required three-fifths majority, but Senate Democrats needed and failed to get Republican support.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A proposal by Democratic lawmakers to raise motor vehicle fees to pay for road and infrastructure improvements has cleared the House on a straight party line vote.

The legislation was approved Thursday on a 25-16 vote, just meeting the required three-fifth majority, with no Republican support.

The legislation, which now goes to the Senate, increases the document fee on car sales from 3.75 percent to 4.25 percent. Penalties for late license and registration renewals, along with several other fees, would increase substantially.

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Sussex County leaders have unveiled their proposed $128.6 million budget for the upcoming year.

That’s increase of 9.6 percent increase over last year largely due to sewer construction projects.

The spending plan does keep the property tax rate steady at 44.5 cent per $100 of assessed value.

The budget does include the phase in of a one-time sewer connection fee along with an $8 increase in sewer rates for current and new customers.

For one district, Long Neck, the hike will be $12.57.


Mayor Jim Ireton will lay out his 2016 fiscal budget for the Salisbury City Council this afternoon.

Issues in his spending plan range from the first ever reduction in Urban Service sewer rates and public safety to infrastructure improvements and a new zoo exhibit.

In addition, the Mayor is expected to bring up – what has been called -- the Nuclear Option for Fire Department and EMS service.

The Mayor is seeking tax relief from Wicomico County for duplicative services.