Paradee plans to withdraw Kent lodging tax completely

DOVER — The state lawmaker who sponsored a bill that would establish a controversial lodging tax in Kent County has announced he plans to completely undo the measure. In a letter sent to Levy Court Nov. 8 and obtained by the Delaware State News Friday, Sen. Trey Paradee, D-Dover, stated he intends to “introduce legislation […]

Commentary: Paradee did right thing on DE Turf legislation

Thank you Sen. Paradee for writing an excellent Opinion piece on the issues behind DE Turf and the SB 178 bill you sponsored. (“Paradee pushes back against ‘false narrative’” Nov. 3). I am sure it was a difficult decision to so publicly demand that Levy Court postpone action on the room tax legislation until you […]

Speak Out: Paradee pushes back

Readers reacted to a Sunday commentary by Sen. Trey Paradee where he took exception to reports about his family’s involvement in legislation that would allow Kent County Levy Court to impose a hotel lodging tax and direct those revenues to the DE Turf. • Trey’s explanation is spot on. This legislation merely permits county council […]

Commentary: Paradee pushes back against ‘false narrative’

Numerous articles have been written in recent weeks about legislation that would allow Kent County Levy Court to impose a hotel lodging tax and direct those revenues to the DE Turf. Most have raised issues about my family’s involvement. Let me set the record straight. My parents raised three hard-working children: one became a lawyer […]

Speak Out: DE Turf meeting canceled

A controversial measure that would have established a lodging tax in Kent County and directed the proceeds to the DE Turf sports complex has been pulled back. Sen. Trey Paradee, D-Dover, announced Thursday afternoon he would ask Levy Court to delay a planned hearing on the tax set for Tuesday. A few hours later, the […]

Lodging tax meeting next week canceled, changes to proposal coming

DOVER — A controversial measure that would have established a lodging tax in Kent County and directed the proceeds to the DE Turf sports complex has been pulled back. Sen. Trey Paradee, D-Dover, announced Thursday afternoon he would ask Levy Court to delay a planned hearing on the tax set for Tuesday. A few hours […]

Letter to the Editor: DE Turf needs evaluation

Before any additional money is given to DE Turf, there needs to be an independent evaluation of all the assumptions upon which the DE Turf is based. If, within a few years, the tournament sponsor fees can go up to $150,000, then why not up to $400,000 by 2021? DE Turf is on the wrong […]

Speak Out: DE Turf controversy

A public forum held Thursday night by the DE Turf sports complex’s management to discuss the proposed Kent County lodging tax drew several dozen attendees to Polytech High School, where more than 20 attendees voiced support and opposition for the plan. At issue was the recently passed state legislation that allows Kent County to institute […]

Letter to the Editor: Why benefit just DE Turf?

Dear Sen. Paradee and Rep. Lynn: Why are you so active in giving away money to DE Turf per Senate Bill 178? This legislation you introduced is to tax all hotel visitors to Kent County up to 3% for the sole purpose of funding DE Turf activities. Why just this organization when we have so […]

Letter to the Editor: A baffling proposal

The (proposed) Kent County hotel tax that will be provided to Delaware Turf baffles me. Why would the legislature enable a new tax that goes to a private entity? A new interchange was built for this venue then several hundred thousand to build a “Park and Ride” lot that can be used for “overflow” parking […]

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