Levy Court Commissions made few changes in the county's 2011 budget during their meeting March 16.


Kent County’s Levy Court commissioners met March 16 to continue discussions on the fiscal year 2011 budget, but made little overall change to the proposed $21.3 million spending plan.

The county plans relatively modest spending on capital projects for 2011, and has budgeted $81,900 to replace cardiac monitors and an emergency response vehicle in the Division of Public Safety; $39,200 to replace a computer server and upgrade workstations in the Information Technology Department; and $74,000 for new workstations in the sheriff’s department and at the new state court building, when it is completed.

During discussions on monies for the county’s Open Space Preservation and the Stormwater/Tax Ditch Management funds, Commissioner Eric Buckson proposed moving an additional $25,000 out of the Capital Projects Contingency fund to boost efforts to control flooding.

The extra money would increase the $50,000 proposed for stormwater management to $75,000.

Buckson said he made the request because of flooding from recent rains and runoff from the melting of the snow pack from the December and February snowstorms.

Commissioner Harold Brode agreed with the move, adding he’s received numerous calls from constituents about flooding in his district.

“This is the worst I’ve ever seen,” Brode said.

The extra money would allow the Kent Conservation District to do a better job controlling any future flooding.

“That $25,000 is a lot of money to a small agency like that,” Buckson said.

Commissioners made no changes in proposed grants to organizations including the Delaware State University Cooperative Extension, the Kent Conservation District and the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension. Grants to these groups totaled $111,500, although that figure was down from $163,000 in fiscal year 2009.

Grants to organizations charged with encouraging economic development, such as the Kent County Visitor’s Bureau were increased by $3,000, for a total of $76,000.

Commissioners will continue going over the 2011 budget during their Tuesday, March 30 meeting. The session, like all Levy Court meetings, is open to the public.

Resolutions to make formal changes to the proposed budget will be taken Tuesday, April 13, with final hearings and a vote scheduled for April 27.

The budget is to go into effect Thursday, July 1.

Email Jeff Brown at jeff.brown@doverpost.com.