CHAPTER 24

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 28, TITLE 31, DELAWARE CODE, RELATING TO THE STATE WELFARE HOME AND HOSPITAL FOR THE CHRONICALLY ILL AT SYMRNA.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Section 1. Sections 2832 and 2833, Title 31, Delaware Code, are hereby repealed and a new Section 2832 enacted and inserted in lieu thereof to read as follows:

§ 2832. Financing of home maintenance; other expenses

(a) One-half the cost of the operation and maintenance of the home and the care and support of its inmates shall be a charge against the counties of the State, apportioned according to the number of inmates from each county.

(b) All funds of the Home shall be under the custody of the State Treasurer and all the provisions of Part VI, Title 29, Delaware Code, including Budget Requests and expenditure of funds shall apply.

(c) The Board shall annually, on the date required to file Budget requests pursuant to said Title 29, submit to the Levy Court of each county an estimate of the cost and expenses chargeable against such county for the next fiscal year. The Levy Court of each county shall include the amount of the estimate in the taxes levied for that year, and the same shall be credited by the Treasurer of the county to the State Treasurer. In the event the General Assembly should decrease the appropriation to the Home for that year below the request made by the Board in the Budget Request pursuant to subsection (b), the Board shall immediately thereafter submit to the Levy Court of each county a revised estimate of the cost and expenses chargeable against such county for the next fiscal year and the Treasurer of the County shall reduce the amount to be credited to the State Treasurer accordingly.

(d) The General Assembly shall annually appropriate such sums for the maintenance of the home and the care and support of its inmates as it shall determine, one-half of which shall be paid from the General Fund of the State and one-half of which shall be paid by the counties.

(e) Not later than the fifth day of each month of the fiscal year the Treasurer for each county shall pay to the State Treasurer one-twelfth of the revised annual estimate of the cost and expenses chargeable against such county as set forth in subsection (c). At the close of the fiscal year any such funds unexpended and unencumbered shall be returned to the counties by the State Treasurer in the same proportion as such counties paid during the fiscal year. The Board shall, at the close of each month, furnish the Treasurer of each county with a detailed, minute and accurate account of the cost and expenses of the Home during the month.

Section 2. This Act shall become effective July 1, 1965.

Approved April 1, 1965.