Bridgeville - Greenwood News Briefs
Thursday, June 10, 2004

Dinner for Herb Melvin
Ellendale Volunteer Fire Co. benefit beef dinner and silent auction for Herb Melvin, Saturday, June 26, Ellendale Fire Hall, 5 p.m. $20 a person. Call 856-7100.

Father’s Day Breakfast
Father’s Day breakfast, Sunday, June 20, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ellendale Fire Hall, sponsored by Ellendale Volunteer Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary. Adults, $5, children, $3, under six, free. Call 422-4934.

  Bridgeville families will save thanks to new town budget
By Mike McClure

The Bridgeville Commission made it official last Tuesday when it approved the FY’05 budget, 4-0, during a special meeting. The budget includes a savings of $72 per family through the elimination and reduction of town taxes and fees as well as an anticipated income of over $100,000 and $100,000 in carryover funds. With the passage of the budget taxpayers will save money on their bills through the elimination of a $15 capitation tax and the reduction of the monthly water fee (from $7 to $3.50 per month) for an average savings of $72 per family per year. The budget, which was prepared by Finance Director Jesse Savage and Town Manager Bonnie Walls, also included no property tax increases. Another highlight of the FY’05 budget is the $100,000 in carryover funds from the past fiscal year and an anticipated revenue of $104,883. That money will go into escrow accounts and will be ready for capital improvement projects for the police department, the administrative offices, and the water and sewer plant. The budget includes an anticipated total income of $1,766,059 with $1,661,176 in expenses. Also included is a $33,750 grant to the Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Company for emergency services. The Bridgeville police department will also get a sixth full-time officer. In other business, police commissioner Bill Jefferson reported that the front of the police station is being remodeled (as part of the budget). Workers from the Sussex Correctional Institution’s boot camp are doing the work. According to Jefferson, in the past anyone could go up to the counter or go through and walk anywhere in the department. Workers took out the counter and put in a wall with a window. Now visitors to the police station need to talk through the window and enter through a door on the right.