Williams: Public safety, youth worth fighting for in budget

The first of seven public meetings on Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams' budget proposal happens Wednesday night.

Williams tells Delaware's Morning News that it's a wise practice for city council members to review his spending plan line by line.

He admits there are a couple of areas where he's not willing to compromise too much.

"Public safety number one and also the youth initiatives. If we don't get a grip on what's going on with the youth in our city and keep them recreated and tutored and trained, and keep them in school, we are going to be fighting a vicious fight and I do believe that if anyone attempts to do anything to public safety and these youth programs, I think there will be an explosion from the constituency."

The first public meeting happens at 4 pm Wednesday in the council chamber. The Treasurer's Office, Auditor's Office and the Departments of Law and Planning will be the first areas discussed.

See the City of Wilmington website for the complete list.

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