City Council Reduces the FY 2014 General Operating Budget While Increasing the Budget Surplus to Nearly a Half Million Dollars

Posted on  06/27/2013 6:25 pm

Wilmington City Council tonight reduced the FY 2014 General Operating Budget to $145.2 million from the $145.6 million budget approved in May. Council’s action tonight also increased the budget surplus to $497,000 versus a previous surplus of $297,000. Tonight’s Council vote followed Monday’s Council Finance Committee meeting during which the panel trimmed nearly $400,000 from an FY 2014 budget amendment that was introduced last week.

Council’s vote tonight added a $98,000 appropriation to the budget as follows:

  • $80,000 in additional funding to the Finance Department’s budget for hiring more temporary workers to collect revenue as requested by the Administration and, as also requested by the Administration, $18,000 to the City Planning Department to enable the Department to hire a temporary employee with a disability as provided for under the American with Disabilities (ADA) Act.

In addition to tonight’s budget action, Council Members and the public witnessed an historic occasion as Council President Pro Tem Loretta Walsh (D-At Large) became the first woman in Wilmington history to preside over an entire Council meeting in which the President of Council was absent.

“I am honored to have been given this opportunity by Council President Gregory and my Council colleagues to serve in a leadership capacity with the 106th Session of Council,” said Walsh. “It is indeed humbling to be the first female to preside over an entire session of Council. I will cherish this night for the rest of my days.”