Delaware City Council on March 14 approved a resolution to create a nine-member citizens financial-review task force to spend six months examining the city’s financial challenges. 

The effort was largely inspired by council discussion in August 2021 on the need for accelerated street repairs.

 The city is failing to keep up with needed maintenance, finance director Justin Nahvi told council at that meeting, with 34% of the city’s streets having a poorly rated condition, a level that he said far exceeds the recommended maximum of 5%.

Also at that time, city documents showed that the city needed to spend $3.4 million annually to maintain neighborhood streets, yet the projected 2022 general fund included only about $563,000 for streets.

City Manager Tom Homan then raised the possibility of a five-year property-tax levy dedicated to road resurfacing, an idea that did not last.