FY 16-17 Adopted Budget

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The Wilmington City Council adopted the 2016-17 fiscal year budget at their meeting on Tuesday, June 21, 2016.

According to state law, city governments cannot have deficits – they must have a balanced budget in place by July 1 of each year for the fiscal year that runs from July 1 through June 30.

Adopted Budget


Total budget: $169 million

  • Includes General Fund and all fee-based enterprise funds

General Fund: $104.9 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.


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