Mayor Mike Purzycki delivered his inaugural budget address and presented his proposed Fiscal Year 2018 General Operating Budget and the Water/Sewer Fund Budget before a meeting of Wilmington City Council on Thursday, March 16, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Wilmington City Council will review the Mayor’s budget proposals over the next several weeks. A final budget vote is scheduled for May 18.
Watch Mayor Purzycki present his FY2018 State of the City.
Proposed Measures to Reduce Spending
- Elimination of 29 vacant position
- A reduction of $1.28 million in debt service payments for FY 2018 because City Treasurer Velda Jones Potter refinanced outstanding bond debt. There is also an additional savings of $660,000 due to the normal maturing of older bond issues. (The City’s strong bond rating was recently affirmed by the nation’s three top bond rating agencies.)
- The fees paid by the City to dispose of trash in the Cherry Island Landfill will drop by $475,000 next fiscal year which includes the elimination of trash collection for 92 accounts that had been collected over the past few decades in violation of City Code.
- The City will save $300,000 by reducing the cost of animal control services based on a funding formula determined by the State’s Office of Animal Welfare, which manages animal control services state-wide.
- New policing leadership and strategies to target and mitigate violent crime, and place more officers on the street. The Mayor said the goal is stop the loss of life, the disruption of families, the deterioration of neighborhoods where crime is prevalent or could spread, and the deterioration of our City’s image.
- Targeted neighborhood initiatives to reduce blight and crime, rehabilitate properties to create living spaces for owners and renters, and demolish properties that cannot be salvaged. Our first targeted area to be announced soon will pilot a new approach to restoring neighborhoods by deploying Police, L&I, Public Works, Law and other departments as a coordinated unit to focus on specific problems in neighborhoods and to produce more rapid results.
- Data-driven analytics throughout all City departments to measure the performance of our programs, services, and people. We will hold our managers accountable and be able to determine future budgeting, service and programming needs in a more systematic and sensible process.
- A 311 Citywide Call Center for the coordinated receipt of citizen inquires and service requests and the resolution of those issues in a timely fashion. The data collected through the call center will help support the use of data-analytics throughout the government.
- Refurbishing our City parks including Eden Park, Father Tucker Park and the iconic centerpiece of our City—Rodney Square—which has for decades not being treated with the dignity and care that it should be afforded.
- Reduce trash and debris on neighborhood streets and along our City’s gateways where thousands of city residents and non-residents travel into and out of Wilmington each day. The Mayor said we are leaving a bad impression by allowing trash strewn streets to go unchecked, as though we don’t care. We do care, and we are going to act so that our gateways become cleaner and more inviting.