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Delaware's Cape Region FRIDAY, JUNE 19 - MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2009 I Layoffs predicted, if pay cuts fail Lawmakers By Kevin Spence to vote on tax increases The state budget remains stalled with one more week to find a way to close a record $800 million gap. Among propos- Ms to right the fiscal mess is a controver- sial 2.5 percent cut to state workers' pay - a move that would affect 32,000 employ- ees. Last week, the Joint Finance Committee approved the 2.5 percent pay cuts that lawmakers saywould shave off $32 mil- lion. The suggestion has also led to a state-worker union media blitz in opposi- tion. House Majority Leader Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach, said he has been busy lining up votes in his cau- cus to prepare for the pay-cut legislation. He refused to say which way his caucus would vote. "I know where my caucus is," he said. But he doesn't know if the pay cuts will be approved in the Senate. "I just don't know where the other three caucuses are" he said. Calling the pay cuts a painful decision, he said if lawmakers don't approve the proposal, 500 workers would be laid off. He also said residents and corporations can expect tax increases. Alcohol and cigarette tax hikes, so- Continued on page 18 I I IIII I I HISTORY OF SURF, SAND New book has readers boardwalking through Rehoboth Beach history P79 revenues fail P4 DEWEY BEACH Memorial Day l Neighbors oppose Cave Neck Rd. rezoning Property owner proposes corner retail center By Ron MacArthur Paynter's Mill residents are opposing a zoning change for a 4.7-acre parcel at the intersection of Cave Neck Road and Route 1. Lowell Fleischer, president of the homeowners' association, told county planning and zoning commissioners June 11 that the board opposes the request. The reason is the same complaint that many others spoke about during the com- mission's public hearing - traffic at the in- tersectiorL "For the most part, none of us want business there because of the traffic on Cave Neck Road," Fleischer said. The 300-home community would share its northeastern border with the parcel. The property owner, Fred A. ChappelL wants to rezone the parcel from AR-1, agricultural-residential, to B-l, neighbor- Continued on IIIl!tjljl!l!lll!l!J!UIIII 87 94 Z