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Federal funding allows for spending increase in Sussex County budget

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Milton Pratt
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Delaware Public Media

Federal dollars will allow more spending this upcoming year in Sussex County. 

County Council approved its FY 2022 budget Tuesday.

Officials say the $278 million plan is the most significant in Sussex County history.  This year’s budget was a little more than $177 million, largely diminished by concerns related to COVID lockdowns.

 

The roughly $100 million increase is largely the result of federal funding from the American Rescue Plan passed in March.

 

The county’s budget includes slight changes to utility rates—$4 annually for sewer and $15 for water. Property taxes will stay the same.

 

In a statement, County Administrator Todd Lawson said Sussex is in “a very strong financial position,” calling the budget “both appropriate and affordable.”

 

The plan’s capital expenses include more than $72 million for wastewater infrastructure and utility upgrades, just over $6 million for construction of a public safety complex and another $2 million for continued broadband internet expansion.

 

$3.7 million will renew the county’s contract with the state, keeping an extra 22 state troopers assigned to Sussex.

 

Sussex County must adopt a balanced budget by June 30th of each year.

 

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