Sussex County Council recently found itself staring at a budget surplus of $854,000 — a situation many governmental and private entities would like to find themselves in, we imagine. The good news for those of us who happen to reside in Sussex County is that it appears they are putting that money to good use.
Council had already committed about $320,000 of that money to paying for four additional Delaware State Police troopers to help police a county that contains several towns without their own police departments, along with a lot of areas that remain unincorporated. If there is one clear-cut way to improve the quality of life, and peace of mind, of many in the county, it’s to increase public safety. This will help.
On Tuesday, the Council voted to distribute part of the budget surplus to 11 independent libraries in Sussex County, as well as helping low-income residents with funding for home repairs through the County’s Community Development Block Grant program.
“I know people need help with leaking roofs, heaters that don’t work, etc., and maybe some of that could go to reducing the number of people on that list,” said County Council President Michael Vincent, referring to the waiting list the County’s housing department has for home repairs under the program.
These are three smart ways to distribute the surplus. By helping citizens be safer, providing more opportunities with libraries and aiding people with keeping their homes livable, this is probably the best way the money could be divided in terms of doing the most good. And, really, isn’t that what government is supposed to be doing for the people?