- Associated Press - Friday, April 1, 2016

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Wilmington’s mayor says he is not planning to have any tax increases in the city’s upcoming budget.

Mayor Dennis P. Williams said during his State of the City address to the City Council on Thursday that he hopes to eliminate five vacant positions and transfer funds to cover a $5.16 million increase in employee health care costs.

Williams says those moves will be enough to not require any tax or fee increases to balance the upcoming budget.

The $155 million spending plan Williams introduced is up 1.9 percent from the current fiscal year.

The new budget will become effective on July 1 and expire on June 30, 2017.



Williams, who is running for a second term in November, says he is keeping a promise he made to voters to keep taxes down.

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