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The Wilmington City Council passed the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2017 at their June 21 meeting.

Quarterly Reports


Total budget: $169 million

  • Includes General Fund and all fee-based enterprise funds

General Fund: $105 million

  • No property tax increase
  • Core services maintained
  • Strong savings (fund balance) for emergencies of more than $31 million
  • Continued funding for 5-year infrastructure improvement plan and Transportation Bond projects
  • Funding for three (3) additional police officers, and two (2) civilian personnel shifted to active officers
  • Staffing the WPD Real Crime Center with analysts, the addition of a Crime Prevention Specialist and Crime  Scene Technician
  • Expanded funding for programs for at-risk youth
  • Additional funding for Code Enforcement and associated clean-up efforts in targeted areas
  • Additional funding for affordable housing, including home ownership and home repair programs as part of effort to expand stock of affordable housing and maintain existing affordable housing

Fee Changes

City of Wilmington Fee Schedule

  • Stormwater: Monthly stormwater fee increase of 5.9%, from $7.23 to $7.66 for the average home
  • Solid Waste: Eliminated twice weekly residential trash collection to save fuel and resources
  • Parking: Increased monthly parking fees to $100/month at the Second Street and Market Street parking decks and increased on street parking to $1.25 per hour effective January 1, 2017.

Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) presented an award of Distinguished Budget Presentation to the City of Wilmington for its annual budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015.

In order to receive this award a governmental unit must publish a budget document that meets program criteria as a policy document, as an operations guide, as a financial plan and as a communication device.

This award is valid for a period of one year only.  The City has been presented with this award for more than twenty (20) years.  We believe that our current budget continues to conform to program requirements and we will submit it to the GFOA to determine its eligibility for another award.

Archived Budgets

Archived budget information may be obtained by contacting the Budget Office at 910-341-7827.

Budget and Research

  • Property tax rate is $0.485 per $100 of assessed valuation
  • FY 2016-17 total city budget is $169 million

What We Do

  • Ensure sensible control over city expenditures
  • Participate in city's overall financial management
  • Provide city officials with prompt and accurate budgetary services

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