Adopted Dagsboro budget includes step pay increases for police force

DAGSBORO – Town of Dagsboro’s fiscal year 2017-18 budget has garnered council’s approval.

And there’s a little leftover in the kitty.

Projected revenue of $525,650 trumps expenses by $226 ($535,424) in the budget adopted at the June 19 council meeting. Three of five council members were present.

The FY17-18 budget includes step salary increases for the town’s police force, the police department’s first salary adjustment in some time, according to Dagsboro Town Administrator Cindi Brought.

‘It’s a big thing. They haven’t had a raise in a long time,” said Ms. Brought.

The town property tax rate is unchanged under the 2017-18 budget plan.

“Everything just stays the same. Even with the police salary increase we managed to get it to come out in the black. So, we’re OK,” said Ms. Brought. “I went low on a lot of proposed things because I’d rather have a nice surprise at the end of the year.”

The town’s fiscal year runs from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

Town council at the June 19 meeting voted to accept $1,000 through State Rep. Rich Collins earmarked for the Delaware Solid Waste Authority. Town leaders are considering using the money for a town-wide clean-up day.

“That is all yet to be decided,” said Ms. Brought.

U.S. 113 sign beautification

The town’s “Welcome to Dagsboro” sign in the U.S. 113 median near the intersection with SR 26 is sporting beauty these days.

Bob Flowers, the town’s maintenance person, and police force member James Joles teamed to remove old shrubbery and plants and tidied up that area.

New plants donated by Southern States were planted by Mr. Flowers this week.

“It’s really looking good,” said Ms. Brought. “It was an eyesore.”

The sign reads: “Welcome to Dagsboro … Named for Revolutionary War General John Dagwothy

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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