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(i.LUJ'I'I] rrmay, may z - may z, i Libraries, airport, emergency, services big Sussex budget winners The budget was introduced, butlthere can be no vote until after a public haring on June 17 on the budget. Libraries,[ state po- lice and the county airport all received in- creased in the budget. But all is nt peaches / By Michael Short Sussex County's budget doesn't have many surprises, which is exactly what county officials were hoping for. The budget calls for no tax increases, a modest pay hike for employees and no changes in sewer rates. County Administra- tor Bob Stickels, who briefed the media on the $22,659,909 budget, said that libraries and public safety are big winners this year. and cream. The biggest looming issue is t] county landfills. There are five fol fills which the county will probab do some remedial work on. Thos, le former mer land- y have to Sussex, which has the grand good luck of will probably not require a huge iJ having a growing population and expand- of county money, but the expense: 'ing tax base, has not had to raise its taxes in the last eight years. While maintaining the same tax rate of 44.5 cents per $100 of as- sessed (property) value, the county has been able to fund a paramedic program, boost the pension fund and support other ef- forts in recent years. for the sixth landfill, the form, landfill, are never far from Stick when he develops any budget. Tt landfill was designated a Superfur it has eaten up $2.8 million of cou Stickels is hopeful that the otheJ will cost far less, but it is the : landfills westment ; required :r Laurel fl's mind at former d site and Ry funds. landfills county's ty's biggest potential concern. Another issue is the sheriff's department. The department is being cut by approxi- mately 12.44 percent and the reason is very simple--it's losing money because the state is not paying the county. Stickels says that 95 percent of the sheriff department's work is work for the state and says that Sussex taxpayers shouldn't have to pay to have paperwork delivered for the state. Stickels also notes that growth could slow in the future. "The growth of the coun- ty's assessment base has increased three to four percent annually," he said in the pro- posed budget. "I am not sure if we will con- tinue at this rate in the future... As the local towns annex additional land into their juris- diction, the county will have a loss of realty transfer tax and a reduction in building per- mit and planning and zoning fees." Stickels was quick to point out the fund- ing increases for services. There is a 10 per- cent increase in emergency operations funding for several reasons. "The Emer- gency Preparedness Department will pur- chase a new weather system so the center will have easy access to current into on hur- ricanes, snow events and also, wind direc- tion for any major fire." Paramedic funding, traditionally the biggest single budget bite, will stay nearly constant, but library fund- ing will increase by five percent, with the Milton Library one of the beneficiaries. A new fire prevention system is slated for Milton and "the county administrator will continue talking with elected officials and leaders in Milton to begin implementing fu- ture expansion of library space in Milton. Milford Neck 10,000 acrel conservation area makes debut By Michael Short By helicopter, the marshes stretch away for nearly as far as theeye can see. There are 10,000 acres of marshland here inter- spersed with tiny forested hum- mocks of land just high enough to avoid the sea's reach. The Milford Neck Conservation Area was dedicated on May 17. Largely unspoiled except for the drainage ditches dug during the Depression by Civilian Conserva- tion Corps (CCC) workers, the area is considered a prime exam- ple of wetlands. Stretching south of Big Stone Beach, the area near Milford also contains undeveloped Delaware Bay beachfront. In fact, the acquisition protects the longest continuous length of shoreline (I0 miles) along the Delaware Bay, along with valu- able wetlands, forested areas, meadows and agricultural lands. Recently, another 2,000 acres has been added to the area which has slowly grown since its beginnings in 1992 with a 2,300 acre tract. The Nature Conservancy played a very big role in that initial tract. Restoration work has already begun on the marshlands. Some of that work, which was also done in the Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge region, opens up pond areas in the marshland, allowing fish which Roadhouse Continued from page 12 less it makes a U turn on Route 1. The loss of that left turn lane in- to Colonial East was one signifi- cant change. Other significant changes include making the inter- section a more traditional "full- service" intersection and eliminat- ing a left turn into the Rehoboth Outlet Center. That left turn into the Outlet Center is being replaced with two larger left turn lanes located fur- ther south. Those lanes can handle far more traffic and will be locat- ed at the actual Roadhouse Inter- section. Rep. John Schroeder (D-Lewes) said "I am very optimistic the im- provements will provide for a safer highway." eat the tiny mosquito larvae to birds reach and feed on those larvae. Dela, It's considered a more natural ever) method of mosquito control which Th, is much better environmentally a jolt than the old system of ditching the Wild marsh, serv, The area is considered ideal for menl wildlife, but it may be especially Envi important for migrating shore- andI , which congregate along rare Bay in vast numbers spring. dedication was considered t effort by the U.S. Fish and ife Service, the Nature Con- acy, the Delaware Depart- of Natural Resources and 3nmental Control (DNREC) elaware Wild Lands. "The protection of these valu- able lands represents the best of what.can happen when partner- ships work," said Lt. Gov. Ruth Ann Minner. "Thanks to this part- nership between the public and private sectors these lands will be protected not only for their value as wildlife habitat, but also for present and future generations to enjoy fishing, hunting, hiking and watching wildlife." 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