Commentary: Delaware taxpayers being shortchanged on leased-land housing

Delaware housing is at a crisis level due to the lack of affordable housing. The cost of housing is a factor in the yin and yang of minimum wage. According to Tom Koprowski, of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, who presented at the Housing Alliance Delaware meeting this year, stable housing is linked to […]

Trump acknowledges China polices may mean US economic pain

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump acknowledged Tuesday his aggressive China trade policies may mean economic pain for Americans but insisted they’re needed for more important long-term benefits. He insisted he’s not fearing a recession but is nonetheless considering new tax cuts to promote growth. Asked if his trade war with China could tip the country […]

Letter to the Editor: Lodging tax another governmental overreach

State legislation recently gave Kent and Sussex counties the approval to enact a lodging tax of up to 3 percent lodging tax. This is another example of the government interfering with the free market via taxation. The tax will hurt the business owners who run hotels and motels. Demand for their services will go down […]

Letter to the Editor: Why not Funland?

Looks like Rehoboth Beach commissioners just passed their version of the 3 percent room tax. Unlike the Lynn/Paradee-sponsored SB 178 that precludes the use of all funds raised by Kent County for just the benefit of DE Turf, Mayor Kuhns states that the almost $900,000 raised in Rehoboth Beach will be used for services “…around […]

Proposed Dover lodging tax on tonight’s council agenda

DOVER — The city of Dover and Kent County each have lodging tax bills on their respective tables, which — if both pass, and added to the 8 percent lodging tax already being charged by the state of Delaware — would raise the lodging tax on hotels, motels and tourist homes in Dover to 14 […]

Speak Out: Proposed lodging taxes

In late June, Delaware’s General Assembly passed two separate bills that gave the green light to Kent County and the city of Dover each to impose an additional 3 percent lodging tax on hotels, motels and tourist homes. • Time to vote out any who voted for this ridiculous added tax, which benefits only certain […]

Letter to the Editor: Fiscal and social responsibility

Benjamin Franklin, wrote: “The Remissness of our People in Paying Taxes is highly blameable; the Unwillingness to pay them is still more so. (…) He can have no right to the benefits of Society, who will not pay his Club towards the Support of it.” The frothing outrage in the last (Greater Dover Extra Speak […]

Speak Out: Trump’s tax returns

A House committee sued the Trump administration in federal court Tuesday for access to President Donald Trump’s tax returns, setting up a legal showdown over the records. • More of our tax dollars wasted on a phony witch hunt. Could use this money towards other legit needs. Democrats will never accept the results from 2016 […]

Speak Out: Another Indian River referendum

With Delaware Department of Education’s blessing, New Year 2020 at some point will put another major capital improvement referendum before Indian River School District voters. Precisely what the referendum will encompass remains to be seen, and the IRSD school board at its June 24 meeting took the official step in approving the preliminary process that […]

For fifth time in six years, Indian River lowers property tax rate

DAGSBORO — At its reorganizational meeting July 1, the Indian River School District Board of Education approved a reduced property tax rate for Fiscal Year 2020. The new rate of $3.035 per $100 of assessed value represents a decrease of 3.2 cents from FY 2019. The decrease resulted from reductions to the debt service, tuition […]