Millville council adopts fee schedule with no increases

The Millville Town Council has decided that there’s no reason to increase fees this year.

Before passing the Town’s 2016-fiscal-year budget on April 14, the town council unanimously passed the fee schedule for items such as business licenses, building permits and other fees.

“Nothing had to be increased this year. In fact, it hasn’t been increased in several years,” said Town Manager Debbie Botchie.

The 2016 budget also passed, with a few last-minute amendments, such as an increase in state health insurance premiums, office technology and IT support.

The current budget is doing swimmingly, as revenue is up, but the Town has only paid 55 percent of the projected expenses, “and we only have one month more to go of our fiscal year,” Botchie said.

“We’re very proud of the fact that we are way under budget on many of our line items, due to the fact our staff is so frugal,” she added.

Coming up, the Delaware State Police and Town will be reviewing the second draft of plans for he new municipal building. The finalized draft will come to Council for approval at an upcoming workshop.

Linda Kent reported that the main 15 active Millville Volunteers donated at least 1,086 hours of service last year. They haven’t stopped, either, recently cleaning and renovating Camp Barnes with the Delaware State Police, although Kent said there is plenty more to do. The group will also help at Ocean View’s Homecoming.

Botchie also reviewed some current events for some new town residents. She encouraged newcomers to visit Town Hall to chat with her one-on-one. There, they might get details about the expanded Town buildings, updates on business and stormwater expansions, plus a welcome basket.