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The Sussex County $177 million spending plan for 2019 was unveiled yesterday.

It includes an additional 22 Delaware State troopers along with another $700-thousand for local fire company operations.

WBOC reports that the budget also includes $1.2 million for new internet expansion and another $1 million for land preservation.

There is also $2.4 million for infrastructure for the county’s Delaware Coastal Business Park.

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The effort to get a statewide right-to-work law in Delaware has failed.  

There was an hour-long hearing yesterday but in the end Representative Ronald Gray could not muster the six votes to get the measure out of committee.

The Wilmington News Journal also reports that opponents were not able to get the same number of votes to table the measure.

With the standoff the Selbyville Republican said he would not try to amend the legislation to get passage.

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The Sussex County council has put off a vote on a proposed right-to-work law after a five hour hearing yesterday.

Council member Rob Arlett introduced the measure and hopes to have a final vote January 9th.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the ordinance would foreclose requiring employees to either join a union or pay fees as a condition of employment.

The measure saw some 50 people come before the council with a strong showing by union members.

Union officials argued that the measure was aimed at destroying the ability of workers to organize.  

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A county in Delaware is drawing national attention over a proposed ordinance that would give workers the right to decide whether or not to join a union.

Local media reported Saturday that Sussex County has become a battleground for some of the country's most powerful special interest groups. The county council has scheduled a public hearing on the proposal for Tuesday in Georgetown, the county seat.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A southern Delaware county council has approved an ordinance prohibiting people from carrying of guns in county government buildings.

The Sussex County Council voted unanimously for the ordinance Tuesday after a brief public hearing at which four people spoke.

The ordinance includes exemptions for law enforcement officials and for people who have concealed carry permits.

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The Sussex County Council is not quite ready to offer $1.5 million to help pay for a new $4 million sports and park complex.

After getting a presentation from officials with the Sussex County Sports Center council members decided to get more input from the public.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Bobby Horsey with the leadership committee for the Sports Complex told the council that he believed the project would be “a great thing for the county.”

The facility would have eight regulation lacrosse and soccer fields as well as a cross country course.

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In the past three weeks six people have died a heroin overdose in Delaware.

Authorities say they believe they deaths were caused by two types of the drug because the same stamp on has been found on the heroin bags.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that five of the deaths occurred in New Castle County and one in Sussex County.

Patrick Trainor with the Drug Enforcement Administration office in Philadelphia told the paper that such stamping leads to brand loyalty.

Authorities have not yet determine the type of heroin involved in the deaths.

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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.

The staff of the Delaware Auditor’s office gave its assessment of financial irregularities to the Sussex Technical School District.

WBOC reports that these included a Sussex County businessman selling a piece of property to the district for twice what he paid for it two weeks earlier.

In addition, the auditors the businessman then got millions of dollars for construction management without state bidding and purchasing requirements.

Growth in Sussex County is pushing the population of Delaware towards the 1 million mark.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that of the 61-hundred new residents last year 46-hundred showed up in the southern part of the state.

The paper reports the county’s beaches and inland bays are where most of the recent arrivals decided to live.

Sussex County had an estimated 220-thousand residents.

That’s up by 2.1 percent over 2015.

Overall Delaware’s population grew by only point-6 percent.