The proposed New Castle County budget for fiscal year 2019 includes hikes in property taxes and sewer fees to prevent cuts in a variety of services. Residents can listen to the plan and make comments at meetings in April and May throughout the county.

"Community town hall" meetings with New Castle County budget updates continue tonight, Wednesday, April 11, at 6 p.m. at the Delaware State Police Troop 2 multipurpose room, 100 Lagrange Avenue, in Glasgow.

No registration is required. Each town hall meeting features an informational presentation and a review of the county’s fiscal challenges, followed by a question-and-answer session and discussion about county priorities as work is under way to enact a balanced budget.

Following the March 27 release of his administration’s proposed fiscal year 2019 budget, County Executive Matt Meyer hit the road with members of County Council for a series of town hall meetings in every council district to discuss the budget plan with residents and get their input.

The April 11 Community Town Hall is hosted by County Councilman Dave Tackett.

MORE MEETINGS PLANNED

Additional town hall meetings are scheduled for:

Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m. at Talleyville Memorial Hall, 2919 Concord Pike, Talleyville,

Monday, April 30 at 6 p.m. at New Castle County Gilliam Building, 77 Reads Way, New Castle,

Tuesday, May 1 at 6 p.m. at Delaware City Fire Hall, 815 5th Street, Delaware City,

Wednesday, May 2 at 6 p.m. at Stanton Middle School, 1800 Limestone Road, Wilmington,

Thursday, May 3 at 6 p.m. at Minquadale Fire Hall, 129 E. Hazeldell Ave., New Castle,

Monday, May 14 at 7 p.m. at Townsend Fire Hall, 107 Main Street, Townsend,

Tuesday, May 15 at 6 p.m. at Aetna Fire Hall, 400 Ogletown Road, Newark,

Thursday, May 17 at 6 p.m. at Salesianum School, Longwood Lecture Hall, 1801 N. Broom Street, Wilmington.

“Hundreds of residents attended our first community town halls to learn about the budget challenges we were handed and our balanced budget proposal, the county's first in six years,” said County Executive Meyer said. “Please attend our upcoming Town Halls and bring your questions. Visit http://mybill.nccde.org and view the impact of our proposed budget on your individual property tax bill.”

Since 2013, New Castle County government has spent more than it has raised in revenue, and when the Meyer took office in 2017 it assumed over $70 million of additional expenditure commitments over the next 10 years without the revenue to pay for them, he said.

Over the past year, the Meyer administration reduced annual spending by over $6.1 million without reducing county services, he said.

The proposed fiscal year 2019 budget includes more than $4 million in additional cost cutting, along with a state revenue package that has been presented to legislators in Dover and a modest county property tax increase. Balancing the budget through cuts alone would dramatically decrease police, paramedic and 911 services, as well as parks and libraries, he said.