On March 18th, Rehoboth Beach commissioners adopted a $30.1 million budget for fiscal year (FY) 2023. The adopted budget maintains current tax and utility rates, allocates $6.4 million for capital improvements, and provides for a maximum 3% raise for employees. The $30,149,743 balanced budget represents a 9% increase over the adopted FY22 budget. The city’s fiscal year runs April 1-March 31.
The city’s budget provides for creation of an assistant city manager position, a $105,000 increase in contributions to local agencies, and an increase in starting pay rates for seasonal employees. The capital improvement budget affords for critical reconstruction of the State Road pump station, design of the Baltimore Avenue comfort station and Rehoboth Beach Patrol headquarters, and the hiring of a program manager to create a funding and phasing plan for the Wilmington/Baltimore Streetscape project.
Additional capital improvement items in the budget include the addition and extension of beach access mats, purchase of a hook hoist container truck and wheel loader, water and wastewater infrastructure assessment and repairs, installation of parking pay stations on Rehoboth Avenue, water meter replacements, and annual citywide street paving.
The budget reflects a new three-year agreement with the police union that calls for a 3% raise this year and 2.5% raises each of the next two years.