Sussex County Online User Forums: Fenwick Island Discussion Forum: QUOTE MR. SUNSHINE<EVERMORE
By TaxpayerBusinessman on Wednesday, January 29, 2003 - 10:40 am:

By Mr Sunshine on Tuesday, January 28, 2003 - 11:42 am:

Maybe now is the time to think about disbanding the town of Fenwick Island and let Sussex County control our destiny. I have not figured out yet what benefits that we get from being an incorporated Town. However in talking to several of the County Commissions they donāt want us and our problems
1. It would reduce taxes.
2. It would eliminate duplication of services.
3. It would eliminate the police force which cost the taxpayer
The unincorporated area of this town, on the east side of Highway One from the Maryland Line to Carolina Street seems to get along just fine operating under Susssex County Laws; maybe we could do the same and not have to tax the residents of Fenwick Island over a million dollars a year to have a local government that does nothing except enact new rules and regulations, and spend monies on wasteful projects that don't benefit {the town} the common good.
A Ploice Department, we donāt need as we have never had 24/7 police protection that I can rembember and is the bigest item in the towns budget.

Couldn't have said it better myself,Sir!

By Jeff Mumford on Monday, February 10, 2003 - 01:03 pm:

Show Me The Money
After attending the Fenwick Island Town meeting of January, 31 2003 I came away with many questions. After being blown away with the total lack of fiscal responsibility established by the town council I decided to do a little research. It struck me as sort of odd that the income of the town had stayed the same for the last four years. Running my own business for the last 30 years I find this not only odd but rather amazing.
The growth of our area has been remarkable in the last 4 years new housing starts and remodeling of existing homes are at a all time high. The Town of Fenwick has benefited from this growth with increases in building permits and property tax increases. This does not count the property tax transfer income that has been generated with all this buying and selling.
The Town of Fenwick increased its building permit fees in 2002 to 3% of the value of the project. The purpose of this increase is to my thinking does nothing but create income for the town. The review process did not change, in fact the only thing that is looked at by the town is the setbacks and the height of the structure. The town does not even inspect the property but leaves that up to the county. For a lot less money the county inspects the footings, the framing, and the final product with three onsite inspections.
I asked one prominate builder if he could give me some information on his building permit costs to the town in 2002. He showed me his payments to the town for 10 projects in 2002. His building permit cost in 2002 was $64,684.00 to the Town of Fenwick Island. So not only did the town collect $64,684.00 in building permit fees it also increased its property tax base by 2,250,000.00. If the assessment is on one half of the value times $1.60 for every $100.00 this builder increased the towns income in 2002 by $82,000.00. This is just one builder, how can the towns income be the same for the last four years?

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