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From The Desk of the Mayor
The City of Rehoboth Beach works on a budget that identifies the resources necessary for us to achieve our goals. The budget process is the way we establish priorities and service levels for the city government. On March 16, 2018, the commissioners approved a $21 million balanced budget, as well as the capital improvement plan, for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. We have strategically funded our budget to emphasize our essential priorities: to create safe and vibrant neighborhoods, grow prosperity and opportunity for all, invest and advance a culture of excellence in government.
Maintaining our city’s infrastructure and assets are a core responsibility of our city and essential to effective service delivery. Also, the quality of our streets, sidewalks, stormwater improvements and other infrastructure is a priority as it affects our citizens’ quality of life and our ability to attract new business. I am pleased to report we made extraordinary progress in the budget for investing in public infrastructure.
The operating budget includes $2.1 million for city administration, $2.8 million for the police department, $3.2 million for the streets department, and $1.1 million for the parking department. Regarding revenue, there is an increase of $975,000 expected from the rental tax that was raised from three percent to six percent. The budget calls for $1.3 million in parking meter revenue, $1.3 million in property tax revenue, $1.4 million in transfer tax revenue, and $2 million in rental tax revenue. The approved budget is set to include parking permit fee increases. The weekly permits will increase from $60 to $80, three-day weekend permits from $35 to $45, weekend daily from $15 to $20, and the weekday daily from $10 to $15. Deauville Beach seasonal permits will increase from $75 to $250, and daily permits from $10 to $20. Bus permits for parking at City Hall will raise from $50 to $250.
The 2018-2019 budget was the result of an open and collaborative process between commissioners and administration. In parallel, the city has worked to enhance and expand partnerships within our community, with local organizations, our business community, and non-profit sector to achieve more together. Much of what we do as the city, whether it is public safety or improving walkability and bike access, relies on strategic partnerships and the ability to align efforts and work together toward common goals. As we reprioritize and economize our budget, we must keep an eye on the future and continue to help grow our economy through strategic and visionary capital investments. Our goal in the years ahead will be to continually access our service delivery model to ensure the most efficient and effective service possible.
It is my honor to serve as the mayor of this great city, and I look forward to the coming year where we will continue to work together. Let us embrace the challenge. The next commissioners workshop meeting is April 9 at 9 am. The meeting agenda is available by visiting cityofrehoboth.civicweb.net/portal.
Mayor Paul Kuhns
229 Rehoboth Avenue
P.O. Box 1163
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971