Wilmington passes revised budget

The Wilmington City Council voted 7-6 to approve the fiscal year 2018 budget. The approval came after negotiations with Mayor Mike Purzycki over proposed cuts, including 29 vacant positions and 16 firefighting positions.

The $154.9 million budget raises property taxes by 7.6 percent and cuts $2 million out of the 2018 deficit.

“The Mayor sent Council a fiscally responsible budget which resulted in a foundation for making some tough decisions easier. I would like to thank Mayor Purzycki and my Council colleagues,” said Council President Hanifa Shabazz.

Not all of the Council President’s colleagues agreed. Some members said the firefighting cuts represented a threat to public safety.

Purzycki has noted that those positions were possible due to a short-term federal grant, and that this budget should meet the needs of the department.

“The action of the Council tonight helps us reach a few goals which include reducing the size and cost of government and allowing for a budget surplus next year to help mitigate projected multi-million dollar budget deficits through FY 2020,” Purzycki

The budget also includes funding a safe haven shelter in the 6th Council District and a fire training class for the purpose of training more firefighters.

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  1. This Mayor is just another rubber stamp Democrat. Raise taxes and don’t cut costs. He is also probably protecting his real estate assets.

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