Farm Building Tax Credit Proposal

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By Eric Magill on Wednesday, January 24, 2001 - 02:57 pm:

We've stated our opposition to the Farm Building Property Tax Credit for Sussex County farmers that was presented to Sussex County Council at its Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001 council meeting.

What do you think? Should council approve the farm tax credit proposal, pass an across-the-board tax cut for all county residents given the county's multi-million dollar surpluses, or not provide any tax relief at all?

Post your opinion here.

By Deaver on Thursday, February 22, 2001 - 10:59 pm:

I was at that hearing & I'm sure Vance Phillips' scheme to give farmers a tax credit is a good idea for him. He has to run for re-election in 2002 & he represents a lot of farmers. But a better use of the surplus would be to lower the outrageously high user costs imposed on the unfortunate people in the Dewey Beach, West Rehoboth, Sanitary Sewer "Service" area.

By Eric Magill on Friday, February 23, 2001 - 08:36 am:

While I agree that farmers shouldn't receive a special tax cut, I don't believe we should be subsidizing specific sewer districts with other people's tax money, either.

The $600,000 gift to the North Bethany Sewer District that Councilman Phillips referred to at the Feb. 20 council meeting was just unconscionable.

We won't, however, begin to stop these abhorrent special interest practices by justifying new special interest subsidies with the old ones. As the saying goes, "Two wrongs don't make a right."

Since County Administrator Robert Stickels and Finance Director David Baker both say the county's surpluses result from the realty transfer tax, and since virtually every municipality that has a surplus and a realty transfer tax can say the same thing, it's high time these municipalities, the county and the state re-evaluate the realty transfer tax.

It's obviously an unnecessary tax if it's creating all of these budget surpluses and it is a major, unfair burden on home buyers and sellers who receive zero services for their money. It's like the government is saying, "You should be grateful we're even letting you buy this house."

The realty transfer tax should be significantly lowered or scrapped altogether.

By Deaver on Saturday, March 03, 2001 - 06:21 pm:

Special interests? The county wants to provide sewer throughout Sussex; that's not special interest. How much do YOU pay? Check out how much the sewer actually costs people. Read what Sandy Brae people say, "...We were already forced to use the sewer system & pay thru the nose. On retirement pay, this hurts."-- the Moores, 2/20/01. Ask people in Ocean View how they feel about it, "I am against the outlandish cost of the sewer & water lines in and around Ocean View. I have never heard anything or anybody say anything against the out of sight cost of the sewer & water project"--the Fergusons, 2/26/01.

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