property taxes

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A letter is being circulated in Rehoboth Beach demanding answers to complaints about a law that caps the amount the city can pull in from real estate taxes.

The letter charges that the resort a million dollars more than the $3 million cap allows.

But the Wilmington News Journal reports that a $4 million figure relies on a broad definition of real estate taxes.

The paper reports that the letter so far has 13 signatures but supporters say it has been sent to all the members of the state legislature.

Don Rush

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House is set to vote on a bill that allows Delaware officials to intercept income tax refunds of people who have not paid their school and property taxes.

Currently, state law prohibits school taxes from being collected by tax intercept, a method that has been used to collect outstanding child support and other obligations owed to the state.

Don Rush

There’s a good chance that taxes may be going up in Dover.

City officials are considering an 8-cent increase for residential taxes.

The money would go toward adding 10 new police officers.

The hike is also a product of recent property reassessments.  

The Wilmington News Journal reports that residential property assessed at $229-thousand the increase would raise the taxes by $152 for a total of $962.

Don Rush

There will be no property tax hike for those living in the Christina school district.

Voters turned down two proposals by as much as 4-thousand votes out of over 6-thousand cast.

The first plan would have raised taxes by 65 cent per $100 of assessed property value .which would have covered the district’s growing costs and staved off budget cuts.

The second would have raised taxes by $1.05 for $100 of assessed property value which would have paid for a boost to gifted and talented programs as well as summer school and extended days.

The Crisfield City Council has approved a 17 cent across the board property tax hike to help fund the police department.

That would bring the rate up to 87 cents per $100 of assessed property value.

And it comes after strong opposition to a two tiered tax of 81 cents for owner occupied buildings and 87 cents for others proposed by Council member Mike Atkins.

Another proposal was voted down called for a 95 cent rate sponsored by Council member Mark Konapelsky.

Don Rush

There will be no property tax hike for Somerset County residents.

But the 2015 $36.2 million budget will be spending $708-thousand less than the current year because of a fall in tax revenues and fewer grant awards for capital improvements.

The biggest chunk -- $11.2 million -- will go toward education.

Another $6.9 million will pay for public safety.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that instead of raising taxes the budget draws $3.7 million from its reserves to offset the decline in revenues.

Don Rush

The Crisfield City Council got some push back during a public hearing yesterday against its two tiered property tax plan.

The proposal would increase the property tax for homeowners from 70 cent per $100 of assessed property value to 81 cents.

Rental property owners and those who own unoccupied property would pay twice that amount.

WBOC reports that condo owners would be the first hit with Melanie Chelton who owns one at Harbour Light Condominiums calling an increase devastating to our pocketbooks.

Don Rush

A property tax hike could be coming to Wicomico County in the 2015 fiscal year.

County Executive Rick Pollitt says that with the budget he is reviewing for the next fiscal year a three cent hike is needed just to break even.

The revenue cap would provide an extra penny.

WBOC reports that one of the key concerns is coming up with enough money for road maintenance since the state took away a great majority of their assistance.

In addition, Pollitt says he wants to put more money into education.

Don Rush

The Milford School District is seeking to explain to the public a referendum they want that would increase property taxes to fund the demolition and rebuilding Milford Middle School.

The facility was closed last year because of infrastructure problems and the students were moved to Milford Central Academy.

In the first year .property taxes would only be increased by $3.65.

But that would then shoot up to $33.20 the next year and to $35.68 in the third year.

Another $2.1 million in additional revenue would increase property taxes by $94.20 a year.

Don Rush

Some hikes in taxes and fees are being proposed for the residents of Newark.

The city administrators are recommending a 7.2 percent rate hike for water customers as well as a new storm-sewer fee.

In addition, there is a proposal for a 1.5 percent increase in the property tax raising it 70 cents per $100 of assessed value.

On an average home in Newark that would mean a $7.29 a year increase to nearly $496 a year.

Don Rush


DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Dover council has rejected three proposals to raise property taxes to address projected shortfalls.

The proposals were voted down at a budget hearing Wednesday. Four of the six council members present voted for the tax hike, but the measure requires a five-vote majority of the nine-member council to pass.

Don Rush

There will be no hike in the property taxes for Sussex County residents.

The proposed $117-million budget unveiled this morning left the rate at 44.5 cents per $100 of assessed property value.

Meanwhile, the budget itself rose by 2.8 percent over the current fiscal year with general revenue funds up $3.7 million including a holdover of nearly $2 million from this year.

County employees would see a one-time bonus of 2 percent and a $5 million contribution to their pension fund.

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Mayor Jim Ireton has proposed a property tax hike…in his latest $53 million budget for the city of Salisbury.

And, the new Council President Jake Day called it “fiscally appropriate.”

Ireton is seeking $8.84 per $1000 of assessed property value.

Last year, former Council President Terry Cohen rejected the Mayor’s proposal for a hike of $8.34 cents.

The increase comes in the face of one of the most dramatic plunges in property values of 8 percent and is needed just to maintain the amount revenue the city has been receiving.

There will be another referendum in the Colonial School district.

This time it's June 4th.

Superintendent Dr. Dorothy Linn says the district will be asking for an increase of 35 cents per 100 of assessed property value.

Thirty cents will go to operations while 4 cents will go to technology and another penny for curriculum.

She said that the bottom line for operations was 32 cents just to maintain the status quo, so she expects some cuts including teachers and administrators.

Deep cuts are coming to the Colonial School district after voters turned down a referendum seeking a hike in the property tax to 47 cents per $100 of assessed property value.

81 staff is being let go with 59 of them teachers in order to save $2.7 million.

Colonial School District Superintendent Dorothy Linn told WDEL radio that the school system was also getting rid of paraprofessionals, transportation, nutrition services and administration.

Voters turned down a request yesterday for a hike in their property taxes by the Appoquinimink and Colonial school districts.

The Colonial referendum fell short with only around 25 percent of voters saying that they would agree to a tax increase.

The Appoquinimink district vote was closer with just more than half of voters saying no to a property tax increase.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that both districts said they needed the money to make up for a loss of state funding for costs such as transportation.

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Mayoral hopeful Bill Montgomery pledged to raise taxes during his first year in office if elected to the top job in Wilmington.

The former chief of staff to the current Mayor James Baker predicted there would be a 15 percent hike on property taxes to stave off future rate increases.

The city is facing budget deficits of around $4 million in the next two years.

Montgomery noted that the city has made cuts totaling $11 million with a proposal to eliminate 20 positions over the next 4 years through attrition.


            Ocean City residents could see their property tax rate inch up slightly to balance the resort’s $76.1 million budget despite a spending cut of $670-thousand.

            Mayor Rick Meehan’s budget would increase the property tax rate from 39 cents to 46 cents per $100 of assessed property value.

            The Mayor is trying to keep revenue from property taxes steady after estimates say that property assessments have fallen from $12 billion in 2009 to $8.6 billion.


           Property owners in Berlin could see a 5 cent cut in their tax rates under the budget proposed by Mayor Gee Williams.

            He wants to cut the tax rate from 73 cents to 68 cents per $100 of assessed property value.

            The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the reduction would mean around $100 less in property taxes for the average Berlin resident.

            Williams says the proposed cut was possible for the third year in a row because the town has a budget surplus of more than a half-a-million dollars.


      CLAYMONT, Del. (AP) - A referendum to increase boost school reserves and funding for school improvements has been approved in the Brandywine School District.

     The referendum passed Wednesday with 4,814 in favor and 4,126 votes against the tax increase. Officials say taxes would increase by 27 cents per $100 of assessed value, or about $188 a year.

     District officials say the money will go toward advancing educational goals, facility maintenance and helping restore the reserve fund.