provided an additional $425,000 to
enable the Department of Special
Services to purchase gasoline and
No. 2 bunker fuel for the remainder
of this fiscal year.
Wayne Merritt, acting general manager of the
department, told Council that gasoline is now costing $3.25 a
gallon, up from $2.57 originally budgeted. As a government, the
county does not have to pay state fuel tax.
Council was told that a pilot program to
reduce gasoline expense by monitoring idling time, speed and
driving habits resulted in "significant change immediately" and
will be expanded throughout the entire motor pool.
Michael Falstad, of Arden, will fill the seat
on the Brandywine School Board to be vacated when Patricia
Hearn's term expires at the end of June. The Department of
Elections for New Castle County cancelled the election scheduled
for May 8 after the filing deadline passed with Falstad the only
would-be candidate for a five-year term. Hearn's seat was the
only one up for election this year. School board members serve
District spokesperson Alexis Andrianopoulos said she did not
know Falstad and could not provide any information about what,
if any, involvement he has had with the district. He did not
respond to a Delaforum request for information.
The five public
school districts in New Castle
County refused to participate in
county government's moratorium on
residential property foreclosures
for non-payment of back property
That was revealed
at a meeting of County Council's
finance committee considering
legislation to forgive penalties on
unpaid back taxes if the full debt
is repaid by May 31. Council on Mar.
13 enacted that ordinance, which
does include school taxes.
Each of the school
districts has a tax rate
considerably higher than the county
rate. The county finance department
collects both taxes but passes
through amounts collected in the
shool levy to the respective
foreclousre moratorium -- created in
February by County Executive Paul
Clark in an executive order -- and
the amnesty program apply to
owner-occupied primary residences.
applies to properties whose owners
enter into repayment plans and make
a 'good-faith' effort to comply with
Hearing some of our Republican friends talk about having to get
the country back on track makes us wonder when was it was last
on track. In 2008 at the end of the Bush presidency when we were
spiraling into the Great Recession in the wake of the Wall
Street debacle? In 2000 at the end of the Clinton presidency
when there was a booming economy and a federal budget surplus?