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Founded in 1962, the Civic League For New Castle County is an organization comprised of community civic associations, umbrella civic groups, good government groups, businesses, and interested individuals. The League provides a forum for education about, discussion of, and action on issues relating to the impact of government on the quality of life in New Castle County

Friday, February 21, 2014

Catch The WDEL Video Of CLNCC February Guest Speaker DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt

The gas tax, snow removal and upcoming highway projects were all discussed by Secretary Bhatt and Civic League members. Bhatt says half of the proposed gas tax will be used to manage the state's remaining debt service. "We'll be down at the end of this fiscal year to about $850 million. So we've reduced the debt by about 30%, which is a big deal. And because our debt is down 30% we've actually freed up about $25 million a year," says Bhatt.
He says the budget includes some $3 million to add sidewalks around the state. Bhatt adds that thanks to the state's investment DART paratransit service is the best in the country. "It costs us $50 million a year to provide paratransit in the state. And that is for about 8,000 riders. We provide transit like nobody else does, better than any other state or transit agency," Bhatt says.
Bhatt was presented with a Civic League proposal which suggests a way DelDOT could add some $50 million to its coffers by taxing oil offloaded at the Great Stone Anchorage near Bowers Beach.

The Civic League 2007 Buck a Barrel Resolution ~ 

WHEREAS: Governor Minner has proposed a 5 cent per gallon additional tax on gasoline sold in Delaware, starting on September 1, 2007; and
WHEREAS: The Controller General's Office has projected estimated revenues from such a tax at $23.4 million in FY 2008 and $28.6 million in FY 2009; and
WHEREAS: The Great Stone Anchorage in the Delaware Bay is reputedly the only sheltered east coast port between Maine and Texas capable of accommodating oil tankers with drafts as large as 55 feet; and
WHEREAS: Lightering of such tankers - - transfer of bulk product to barges or tankers of lesser draft to deliver product to refineries on the Delaware River and elsewhere on the eastern seaboard - - has been ongoing at the Great Stone Anchorage since before the June 28, 1971 effective date of Delaware's Coastal Zone Act (CZA); and
WHEREAS: Corporate entities involved in such lightering have never been granted CZA permits, and only one such entity (Maritrans) has been granted an Air Quality permit covering the activity; and
WHEREAS: In 2005, Maritrans requested an increase in the maximum amount of lightering permissible under its Air Quality permit(1) beyond the 100 million barrel ceiling (12 month rolling average basis) then permissible; and
WHEREAS: Imposing a $1 per barrel tax on oil lightered at Great Stone Anchorage would produce revenues in the neighborhood of $100 million per year; and
WHEREAS: Since a barrel of crude oil produces about 26 gallons of gasoline (along with other hydrocarbons), a $1 per barrel tax on lightered oil would have an impact on the price of gasoline no larger than 4 cents per gallon; and
WHEREAS: Because the revenues from such a tax would be spread over more than just Delaware, a tax of $1 per barrel of oil (less than 4 cents/gallon on gasoline) would produce more than three times as much Delaware revenue as the 5 cent per gallon additional tax proposed by Governor Minner.
A tax no smaller than $1 per barrel of oil lightered at Great Stone Anchorage in the Delaware Bay be imposed with an effective date no later than September 1, 2007 and that the first $1 per barrel of such revenue be earmarked for Delaware's Transportation Trust Fund.
ADOPTED (in concept) without dissent
General Membership Meeting of May 15, 2007
And read the CLNCC February 2014 Newsletter HERE
  • Questions for DelDOT
  • Workforce Housing Debate
  • Fogerty's Approach to Planning

Sunday, February 16, 2014

DelDOT Guest Speaker Is Secretary Bhatt For Civic League's February Meeting - 7PM Tuesday In New Castle

Come out and hear 

Next Meeting
Tuesday, Feb. 18
7:00 pm 

Paul J. Sweeney
Public Safety Building
3601 N. DuPont Hwy
(Route 13)
New Castle, DE

Come out to hear and ask any questions you may have for the DelDOT guest speaker at Tuesday's meeting!

The February 2014 edition of the "County Comments", the Newsletter of the Civic League for New Castle County, is now available for viewing and for printing directly from our website: http://www.civicleagueforncc.org/cc/14-02-cc.pdf 

Also, previous editions, dating back to April 2002 of the "County Comments" are available here: http://www.civicleagueforncc.org/cc/cl_high.html

Access more information about the Civic League for New Castle County from the main page: www.civicleagueforncc.org