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Sussex County approves its 2021 budget

Milton Pratt
Delaware Public Media

Sussex County Council unanimously approved a budget that is 15 percent smaller than this year, but keeps property taxes unchanged.

The $157.8 million budget is designed with revenues projected to be down between 65 and 85 percent.

The dip in revenues prompted the county to trim departmental spending, cancel new major capital projects, and cap its grants programs to allow time for the local economy to recover.

The budget includes one million dollars to cover engineering costs of a previously planned public safety complex.  The complex would expand the Emergency Operations Center to accommodate the County’s Emergency Medical Services’ administrative offices and training facilities.

The county also announced Tuesday it will resume limited public access to facilities and meetings beginning this Monday, June 29.

The public will have access to the County Administrative Office building on the Circle by appointment only for most services, as well as access to County Council, Planning & Zoning Commission, and Board of Adjustment meetings with strict social distancing provisions. 


Joe brings over 20 years of experience in news and radio to Delaware Public Media and the All Things Considered host position. He joined DPM in November 2019 as a reporter and fill-in ATC host after six years as a reporter and anchor at commercial radio stations in New Castle and Sussex Counties.