Kent County Levy Court Fiscal Year 2019 Budget
All funds combined, Kent County Levy Court has adopted a budget of $58,937,750 for fiscal year 2019. The County is financially and operationally responsible for public health and safety, sewage collection and treatment, drainage, planning and zoning, parks and recreation and custodial responsibility for public records. Highlights of the budget are listed below.
General Fund Operating Budget Overview
The General Fund is the principle operating fund of Kent County Levy Court. This fund consists of departments that provide general governmental services to the citizens of Kent County. The primary revenue sources of the General Fund include property tax, realty transfer tax, and fees for services. Other sources include other taxes, state and federal grants and miscellaneous sources.
- The total General Fund Operating Budget has been set at $30,849,750.
- There are no property tax increases for Fiscal Year 2019 and Resolution 3684 has confirmed the Property Tax rate for FY 2019 to be 30 cents ($.30). The tax rate of $.30 is per $100 of net assessed value.
- Inspection and Enforcement Fees will stay consistent with the rates established with the FY 2018 rate.
- Record of Deeds Fees will also stay consistent with the FY 2018 rate.
- Funding was approved for a new Database Administrator position within the information Technology Division.
- The Director of Economic Development Division has been eliminated and in its place the county will support the Kent Economic Partnership with grant funding in the amount of $100,000.
- FY 2019 General Fund Capital Projects are budgeted for $3,064,000.
Sewer Fund Operating Budget Overview
The sewage collection system services over 100,000 County residents and expansion of the system to accommodate developing areas is continuing. The county operates a centralized sewage treatment facility providing treatment service to the cities and towns of Dover, Smyrna, Camden, Wyoming, Milford, Clayton, Cheswold, Kenton, Little Creek, Leipsic, Felton, Magnolia, Frederica, Hartley and Harrington as well as, unincorporated areas. The County sewer collection and treatment facilities are operated as a separate fund which is self-supporting.
- The total Sewer Fund Operating Budget has been set at $18,592,400.
- There are no rate increases for Fiscal Year 2019
- FY 2019 Sewer Fund Capital Projects are budgeted at $1,745,000.