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Wilmington Fiscal Year 2019 budget is approved

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The Wilmington City Council on Thursday night approved the Fiscal Year 2019 budget by a vote of 9 to 4. There were no changes made to the initial budget submitted by Mayor Mike Purzycki.

“The new budget enables the city to provide the same or improved level of programs and services for citizens in the new fiscal year without the need for a tax increase,” Purzycki said. “We will, however, continue to be fiscally prudent because we are still looking at projected budget deficits on the horizon. We face tough choices, but as we work together with Council, I am confident we will overcome any obstacles to improving government efficiencies.”

FY 2019 budget overview:

  • Total budget: $162.3 million
  • Year-over-year increase: 4.8 percent
  • Water/sewer/stormwater budget: $75.4 million

Budget priorities:

  • Updated Public Safety Camera System
  • 311 Call Center
  • 24 new police officers
  • Renovation of four city fire stations
  • A digital plans development submission and review system
  • A new LED street lighting system throughout Wilmington
  • Wilmington’s Beautiful City initiative for a cleaner city
  • A citywide comprehensive growth plan

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