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Don Rush

Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver wants an additional $750-thousand for in a onetime appropriation for schools.

He told the Salisbury Daily Times he would like to see that money go toward school security.

Culver said that the county contribution to the Board of Education would total $43.6 million to main the same per-student amount spent each year.

It’s part of his $151 million operating budget which is an increase of 4.5 percent over the last fiscal year.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A $5.6 billion incentive package to try to lure Amazon's second headquarters to Maryland has advanced in the House of Delegates.

The House gave the bill preliminary approval Tuesday. The House could vote on the bill already passed by the Senate it in the next couple of days and send it to Gov. Larry Hogan, who submitted the proposal to the General Assembly.

Don Rush

Voters will go to the polls on March 20th to cast their ballots on a referendum for the Cape Henlopen School District.

The district will be asking for a tax increase to generate $21 million for a new middle school and the expansion of Cape Henlopen High School.

It would add $46 a year onto the average household to their property taxes.

WBOC reports that the district says the expansion is needed to meet the growing student enrollment.

Don Rush

Has Wicomico County’s revenue tax cap run its course?

The Greater Salisbury Committee will be conducting a study to take a look at the measure’s impact 17 years after it was approved by voters.

The cap limits property tax revenue to a two percent increase or the Consumer Price Index whichever is less.

The Salisbury Daily Times notes that the CPI has not been above the 2 percent mark over the last half decade.

Mike Dunn, the committee’s CEO, told the paper the organization believed it was time to take a look at the cap.

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The Sussex County Council has given its blessing to a proposed $143 million budget for the next fiscal year starting July 1st.

The spending plan does not include any increase in the property tax but does provide new dollars from the cash reserves to pay for critical services and infrastructure.

The budget also provides money for additional Delaware State Troopers in Sussex County.

There’s also $8 million for a pilot project to start major upgrade at the wastewater treatment facilities that will double their capacity.

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The Wicomico County Executive and Council are at odds over the changes made in the 2018 budget.

County Executive Bob Culver charges that the council may have violated the county charter when it altered the spending plan.

The council trimmed Culver’s budget proposal by nearly $685-thousand using the cuts to provide a reduction in property taxes and $328-thousand for the school district to buy laptop computers.   

Don Rush

The Wicomico County Council approved a nearly $143 million budget for the 2018 fiscal year.

The spending plan also provides a small reduction in the property tax and money for the Wicomico County School District to buy some laptop computers.

One thing missing is any funding for a new station for the volunteer fire company that broke away from the Salisbury City Fire Department.

Cory Polidore, chief of the volunteer fire company, told the Salisbury Daily Times that this was “a slap in the face.”

Don Rush

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware judge has upheld a 2015 school district election in which residents approved a property tax increase, despite finding that the district's advocacy for the tax hike violated the state's constitution.

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Delaware lawmakers voted to cut the tax break enjoyed by senior citizens on their property by $100.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that many of the members of the Joint Finance Committee said they reluctantly did so.

They cited the prospect of a $400 million budget shortfall as a reason for the reduction.

But there were three dissenting votes with Representative William Carson calling it wrong to take this money away from seniors.  

The move will cut the maximum tax break from $500 to $400 on their property tax bill.

Don Rush

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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