Dover officials warn of tax bill problem

DOVER — City of Dover officials are warning individuals to locate their tax bills and look closely at them because a problem appears to have popped up.

City Manager Scott Koenig said the issue seems to be contained to individuals in the city who own multiple properties.

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“It appears to be confined to what we call ‘doubles,’ which is a property owner that has two properties under the same name,” said Mr. Koenig, at Monday night’s city council meeting at City Hall.

“It’s roughly 75 out of 7,500 (tax bills) that were re-issued, a fairly small number, but if somebody gets the wrong bill then obviously it’s a big deal to them.”

Mr. Koenig said that while the city re-issued 75 bills on Monday that the glitch might end up affecting more.

The tax bills are due July 31.

“It may affect more because we may have people who have been on vacation who have not called us yet so we’re re-issuing bills as they notify us or as we come across them,” he said. “The customer service staff is aware of it.

“So we’ll continue to do that this week but we think the problem in the big picture of a number of bills is a relatively small number of bills.”

Cheryl Bundek, director of the Tax Assessor’s Office, said individuals who have not received their tax bills by Wednesday should call the Tax Office at (302) 736-7022.

“To our knowledge, it’s only if say you own 101 Main Street and 105 Main Street you may have gotten two different bills,” Mr. Koenig said. “We’ll have it all figured out in the next couple of days. Anybody who does have the wrong bill, or doesn’t get a bill, please contact us.”

Three reappointments

City council approved three reappointments recommended by Mayor Robin Christiansen at Monday’s meeting.

Council voted 7-0, with councilman Brian Lewis abstaining, to approve three-year terms to chairman K.C. Sheth and William Hufnal on the Board of Adjustment. Council also voted for a three-year term for Kathleen Wilson of the First District on the Planning Commission.

Four recognized by city council

City council made four presentations in recognition of service at Monday’s meeting, honoring:

• David Edgell, Public Advisory Committee of the Metropolitan Planning Organization from January 2000 through July 2002 and Silver Lake Commission from May 2000 through May 2016.

• Cindy Small, Downtown Dover Partnership from June 2008 through March 2016.

• Dorothy Snyder, Dover Public Library Advisory Commission from June 2001 through June 2016.

• Col. Robert D. Welsh, Planning Commission from July 1998 through June 2016.

Sendak exhibition

Officials from the Dover Public Library made a presentation during the meeting to announce its upcoming memorial exhibition, titled “Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons,” in honor of the author’s work.

The library will partner with the Biggs Museum, the Schwartz Theatre and the Grey Fox Grille for several different events at the library and around Dover honoring Sendak, best known for writing the children’s book “Where The Wild Things Are” from July 29 until Sept. 11.

BBQ fair

City Councilman Roy Sudler Jr. will host the second annual 4th District Empowerment BBQ Fair from noon until 7 p.m. Saturday at Mishoe Park at 320 Raymond St. in Dover.

Activities will be provided by the Anti-Youth Gang Strategies (basketball), APEX Resource (flag football), Delaware’s Parenting Resource (horseshoes tournament), Delaware’s Positive Change Vie Me (Spades tournament) and Job-Seeking Tips (kids moon bounce).

Entertainment will be provided by DJ Cool C. For more information, contact Mr. Sudler at (302) 736-9880.

Delaware State News staff writer Mike Finney can be reached at mfinney@newszap.com.

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