Delaware’s new Secretary of Transportation Shailen Bhatt presented his first budget request to the Office of Management & Budget Monday.


WHAT IT IS Delaware’s new Secretary of Transportation Shailen Bhatt presented his first budget request to the Office of Management & Budget Monday. The department’s 2013 operating budget request totals $356,589,000 which represents a 0.7 percent increase from last year.

WHAT IT WAS LAST YEAR DelDOT received $353,980,000 from the state last year to fund its operating budget.

TOTAL REQUESTED BUDGET $554,955,000, which includes a capital budget request of $198,366,000.

EXPLANATION Bhatt said the operating budget includes $132.9 million allocated for debt service, $87 million for personnel costs, $79.8 million for transit and $56.9 million for operations. Bhatt said $313,900 will be used for rail service, $257,400 for DMV police security and $432,400 to finance the SWCAP program shortfall.

QUOTE OF NOTE “We’re going to show monthly where we are in terms of our spending and where we are in terms of projects, so that rather than having a question mark, it’s public information that anybody go to see” — Secretary of Transportation Shailen Bhatt on a new web dashboard the department is developing to create more transparency.