Mayor Mike Purzycki delivered his State of the City Address and presented his proposed Fiscal Year 2021 General Operating Budget and the Water/Sewer Fund Budget on Thursday, March 26, 2020.
The Mayor said the state of the City is currently very strong but cautioned that as the city battles through the coronavirus crisis it is difficult to predict at this time how the city, its residents, and its businesses will be affected, and therefore how much the proposed budget will have to be altered.
Read Mayor Purzycki's Budget Address and the proposed FY2021 Budget Summary, and watch Mayor Purzycki present his budget address below.
The proposed operating budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 totals $169 million, which is a slight 1.1% increase from the current budget and requires no increase in property taxes to fund City services and programs. The water/sewer/stormwater budget totals $78.9 million, or an increase of 1.3% from the current budget, and it, too, requires no water rate increase for either City or County water customers as the City continues to provide exemplary water, sewer, and wastewater services to the public.
Mayor Purzycki’s budget initiatives for Fiscal Year 2021 include:
- $1 million to support the efforts of the Wilmington Neighborhood Conservancy Landbank which, in conjunction with the City, is working to strengthen and preserve city neighborhoods.
- $500,000 for 20 new neighborhood public safety cameras to prevent crime and assist with the apprehension of those who commit crime, as well as $172,000 for additional staff to monitor the cameras
- $90,000 to expand the Wilmington Police Department’s ShotSpotter audio detection system to other neighborhoods.
- $400,000 to support Mayor Purzycki’s Beautiful City campaign, which enables local non-profits to hire neighborhood residents to clean city streets and neighborhoods. The campaign, which began in 2017, complements the outstanding work of the street cleaning teams from the Department of Public Works and gives local residents a modest wage for keeping their neighborhoods clean.
- $617,000 to complete and implement a new 311 citywide call center to more efficiently process and resolve all requests for City services and to provide information to residents and businesses.
Wilmington City Council will hold public hearings on the Mayor’s budget proposal during the month of April. Council is expected to vote on a new budget for Fiscal Year 2021 in May.