Senate votes to repeal lodging tax authorization, expand absentee voting

DOVER — A lodging tax that was authorized for Kent County last year but never implemented took a step toward being repealed Thursday. By a 21-0 vote, senators passed legislation that would remove from Levy Court the authority to put a tax on hotels and motels of up to 3 percent. That authorization came from […]

Kent lodging tax repeal effort begins

DOVER — A Senate committee on Wednesday released to the full chamber legislation that would repeal a lodging tax in Kent County. Although the tax has not taken effect, a bill approved by the General Assembly in June allows Levy Court to set a charge of up to 3 percent for stays at hotels and […]

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 […]