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New Castle County is one of three counties in Delaware. It is known as "the first county in the first state." The county seat is Wilmington.

According to the 2010 Census, its population is 538,479.[1]

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Delaware county websites

This website was reviewed on an unknown date.

The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 4 years.[2]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[3]
    • Contact information for some administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[4]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 3 years.
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 3 years.[5]
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[6]
    • Meeting podcasts are available.
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2000 are available.[7]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[8]
  • Public Records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by department FOIA liaisons. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[9]
    • A public records form is provided.
    • A fee schedule for documents is provided.
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[10]
    • Residents are able to pay taxes online.
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.[11]
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[12]

The bad

  • Lobbying
    • No information is available on memberships to government sector lobbying association or what the membership dues are.
  • Administrative Officials
    • Emails are not provided for all administrative officials.
  • Contracts
    • Current contracts are not posted.

Public employees

County council

2012 County Council[13]
Name District Party
Thomas H. Kovach (President) Republican
Joseph Reda 1st Democrat
Robert S. Weiner 2nd Republican
Janet Kilpatrick 3rd Republican
Penrose Hollins 4th Democrat
Lisa Diller 5th Democrat
William E. Powers 6th Democrat
George Smiley 7th Democrat
John Cartier 8th Democrat
Tim Sheldon 9th Democrat
Jea P. Street 10th Democrat
David Tackett 11th Democrat
Bill Bell 12th Democrat

County executive

Budget

2012 Operating Budget Revenues[14]
Sources General Fund Sewer Fund Street Light Fund Crossing Guard Fund Total All Funds
Real Estate Taxes $108,535,751 $0 $0 $0 $108,535,751
Real Estate Transfer Tax 16,000,000 $0 $0 $0 $16,000,000
Sewer Charges & Fees $0 $67,506,262 $0 $0 $67,506,262
Use of Money & Property $6,380,298 $1,574,693 $0 $0 $7,954,991
Service Charges & Fees $22,930,427 $0 $0 $0 $22,930,427
Licenses & Permits $4,970,154 $0 $0 $0 $4,970,154
Intergovernmental $5,180,912 $0 $0 $0 $5,180,912
Special Assessments $0 $0 $5,072,865 $3,615,841 $8,688,706
Use of Cash Balances $0 $0 $0 $149,769 $149,769
Total $163,997,542 $69,080,955 5,072,865 $3,765,610 $241,916,972
2012 Operating Budget Expenditures[14]
Uses General Fund Sewer Fund Street Light Fund Crossing Guard Fund Total All Funds
Salaries & Wages $80,427,911 $11,077,043 $0 $1,888,928 $93,393,882
Employee Benefits $39,990,504 $5,795,229 $0 $531,623 $46,317,356
Training & Civic $337,586 $5,280 $0 $17,600 $360,466
Communications & Utilities $3,690,751 $20,822,655 $4,611,695 $2,100 $29,127,201
Materials & Supplies $4,906,123 $994,828 $0 $31,000 $5,931,951
Contractual Services $25,464,516 $6,842,331 $0 $458,176 $32,765,023
Equipment $3,855,849 $1,551,025 $0 $0 $5,406,874
Grants & Fixed Charges $11,619,082 $193,900 $0 $0 $11,812,982
Debt Service $21,951,067 $15,714,149 $0 $0 $37,665,216
Land & Structures $0 $60,000 $0 $0 $60,000
Contingencies $1,075,000 $85,000 $0 $0 $1,160,000
Intragov't Service Credits ($22,083,979) $0 $0 $0 ($22,083,979)
Total $171,234,410 $63,141,440 4,611,695 $2,929,427 $241,916,972

Lobbying

In 2008, New Castle County reported $120,000 spent on lobbying.[15]


FOIA reform

The county has adopted three new FOIA reforms: a standard FOIA submission form, established points of contact by department for public records requests, and aims to make records cheaper for citizens.[16]

The county is even going above state compliance by keeping its policy of requiring responses within 10 days instead of the state's 15 days.

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