New Castle County council meeting, property tax

New Castle County OKs $331.4M budget, lowers property tax

Sam Haut Government, Headlines

New Castle County’s 2024 budget includes the first property tax reduction in 50 years. The tax reduction comes in the form of an automatic 5% tax credit for those paying property taxes, said New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer. “It’s the first decrease, we’re being told, since this form of government was created in the 1960s,” Meyer said. That decrease …

Veolia has filed for a rate increase for New Castle County water customers. (Photo by Jacek Dylag on Unsplash)

Veolia work would raise average monthly bill $4.51

Ken Mammarella Business, Headlines

Veolia on Thursday filed a $43 million infrastructure plan with the Delaware Public Service Commission. If the commission grants the request in full, the average residential water bill for Veolia customers in New Castle County would go up $4.51 per month. With additional infrastructure investments on the horizon, the company, which serves more than 100,000 Delawareans, has also proposed a …

New Castle County is giving away money to schools whose students pledge to adopt environmentally-friendly practices. (Pexels)

New Castle schools could win money for environmental pledges

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Thirty New Castle County schools will split $15,000 in cash prizes as part of an environmentally-friendly initiative. Wednesday, county executive Matt Meyer announced the return of the “Great Schools, Clean Streams” campaign, in which participants assign their pledge to the school of their choice in the county.  The five pledges are: Scoop the poop –  Picking up after a pet …

The deadline to apply to the Redding Consortium's scholarships is today at 4:30 p.m. (Unsplash)

College scholarships application deadlines are approaching

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

A variety of community groups are offering college scholarships, and students who want to apply need to get on it, because at least one deadline is today. “Our scholarship programs are created by generous people who understand that higher education is expensive and they want Delaware students to have more opportunity,” said Allison Levine, vice president of marketing for the …


NCCo sewer bills go fee-free when paying online

Ken Mammarella Government, Headlines

New Castle County has started to accept credit cards and digital wallets for sewer bills – without any extra fees to users. “NO FEES!” the county announced on a insert on attention-grabbing green paper in the bills for sewer service charges that just went out. As the insert explains, the county has an arrangement with a company called Paymentus that …

The Newark library (New Castle County photo)

New 2-story Newark library to be built on same site

Ken Mammarella Government, Headlines

New Castle County has decided to update the Newark Free Library on the same site. The new, two-story building will have 50% more interior space, and there will be 80% more parking, Diana Brown, manager of the county’s 10 libraries, said this week. “Details of what will be inside will be developed with public hearings this year,” Out & About …

Bellefonte has proposed annexing two adjacent subdivisions.

Bellefonte wants to annex a bit, which upsets some folks

Ken Mammarella Government, Headlines

  NOTE: An earlier version of this story incorrectly attributed Brian Franklin’s quote to another person. Bellefonte, a town of 1,200 in northeastern New Castle County, wants to simplify its borders by annexing two neighboring subdivisions, but the idea is anything but simple. First, the concept – suggested by some homeowners in the areas that could be annexed – has …

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New Castle County urged to increase, expand impact fees

Ken Mammarella Government, Headlines

New Castle County on Monday was given a draft plan by consultants to expand — and increase — the impact fees charged for development. The county adopted such fees in 1999 to “finance new or expanded infrastructure and service needs for development.” And they have not changed much since. The county’s consultants recommended adding fees to encourage low-income housing and …

Johnathon Drew of Middletown won the New Castle County Boys cross country race photo by Middletown athletics Instagram page

Delaware’s cross country runners prepare for states

Glenn Frazer Headlines, Sports

It was “unseasonable” Autumn weather for the New Castle County and Henlopen cross country meets over the weekend. The New Castle County meet was held at Winterthur while the Henlopen race took place at Killens Pond, the site for the upcoming state championship meet on Saturday the 12th.  won the boy’s race at Winterthur in a time of 16:09.44, followed …

New Castle County Public Safety Department Recruiting Event

NCC to hold public safety celebration, recruiting event Saturday

Charles Megginson Police & Fire, Government, Headlines

New Castle County’s Public Safety Department will hold a celebration and recruiting event Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Christiana Mall. The event will be held between Nordstrom and Cabela’s and will go on from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m.  “We’ll celebrate our public safety, including police, fire, 911 communications, paramedics and the Office of Emergency Management,” said Sgt. Tracy Duffy, …