The New Castle county Council has unanimously approved a $174.2 million operating budget that does not raise property taxes.
There was some acrimony though when the council considered pulling a quarter of a million from the budget for the Wilmington Fire Department.
It was kept by a 10-to-3 vote.
But, Sam Guy, one of the top executive assistants to County Council Tom Gordon, compared this to the decision by two members of the Sussex County council not to provide $100 each in grant money for a youth program by the NAACP.
Guy is a former NAACP branch president.