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16 - CAPE GAZETI, Friday, January 17. January 23, 1997 City of Rehoboth Audit shows sound budgetary practices By Trish Vernon "All trends are fairly positive - the mayor and commissioners are keeping on track with the budget," reported Vince Barbone of Hag- gerty & Haggerty, P.A. during the presentation of the 1995-96 audit at the Jan. 10 Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners meeting. Barbone informed the board that as of the fiscal year ending March 31, 1996, the city had $697,650 in escrow funds, with savings of $1.68 million, all but $2,000 in certificates of deposit. He praised the city for "over-col- lateralizing" itself, having ob- tained over $4 million in insur- ance protection on its reserves. Support group forming for those with SIDS Anyone interested in Sudden In- fant Death Syndrome, known as SIDS, is invited to the organiza- tional meeting of the first group on Delmarva devoted to this dev- astating problem. The Eastern Shore SIDS Infant/Child Loss Support Group will hold its first meeting on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. at the Family Support Center at the corner of Sixth and Gay streets in Denton, MD. The first Total operating costs declined from 1994 to 1996, with the only large increase in expenditure in the area of providing water ser- vice, due to federal regulations, Barbone said, with revenue offset- ting any increases. In the buildings and grounds category, charts Barbone present- ed showed an outlay of $761,695 in 1994, which was due to the ren- ovation of the convention center. Outlays for 1995 and 1996 were $134,471 and $152,308 respec- tively, a considerable decrease from the previous year. In a breakdown of the percent of revenues devoted to each city ser- vice cost, wastewater costs ate up 26.5 percent of the budget, fol- lowed by public safety (police) at 18.8 percent. General govern- ment services cost 12.9 percent; streets, 9.5 percent; water costs, 8.2 percent; refuse, 6.7 percent; culture and welfare and buildings and grounds, 5.5 percent each; parking meters, 4 percent; build- ing and licensing, 1.1 percent; comfort station, .9 percent; and signs, .4 percent, for a grand total of a little over $6 million in 1996, down from $6,937,797 in 1994. On the revenue side, parking meters, to no one's surprise, gen- erated the highest percentage over the three years, at 23.7 percent - $1.5 million alone in 1996. Sec- ond in line was wastewater rev- enue at 19.3 percent, then taxes at 15.2 percent; water revenues, 13.3 percent; refuse fees, 6.8 percent; intergovernmental revenues, 7.6 percent; licenses and permits, 6 percent; police and alderman fines, 2.9 percent; and miscella- neous, 1.4 percent. Rehoboth Beach instituted a rental license which went into effect last year, with the license fee bringing in $114,000. This year, it is expect- ed to bring in more this year, as last year, all leases signed before April 1 were exempt from paying it. Barbone told them that while the city didn't have much of a cushion in 1994, "Rehoboth has really turned itself around in two years. The city should have three months total budget reserved," and there is over $2 million in the bank. Members of the audit commit- tee include Jim Van Story, chair- man, Doug Butner and J. Townsend Tubbs, who assisted Barbone with his presentation. half of the meeting will be open to the public and the second half will be just for SIDS-affected families. Parents who have worked through a SIDS death are urged to attend and lend support. For more infor- mation call 1-410-820-0585. Bid questions postpone Lewes police award Questions raised by some of the firms bidding on the proposed ex- pansion of city hall in Lewes to accommodate a larger police sta- tion postponed action at the Mon- day, Jan. 13 meeting of Lewes Council. PBM Construction of Swedesboro, New Jersey submit- ted the lowest bid for the base pro- ject at $428,000; however, Mayor George Smith said Rehoboth Beach contractor J.A. Moore Co., which submitted the second low- est base bid, had questioned whether PBM has complied prop- erly with the terms of the contract specifications. Smith said the con- cerns raised by Moore will have to be reviewed before the contract award can be voted on by council members. He said a special meet- ing may be held prior to the next regular meeting in February, if the concerns are resolved, so the city can move forward with awarding a bid and getting the long-dis- cussed project underway. UNIWJ00ITY OF DEIA WARE BA CttEL OR 'S DEGREF OPPORTUNITY IN SOUi HERN DEIA WAREI FREE Health Seminar from Beebe Medical Center "Joint Replacement" THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 1997 SPEAKER: Dr.Wilson Choy Orthopaedic Surgery LOCATION: Lewes Public Library Lewes TIME: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Beebe Medical Center This is a free seminar. 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