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Proposed Dover budget includes 8.6% property tax hike

From Delaware State News

DOVER — Donna Mitchell, who manages the city of Dover, said a property tax increase in the city’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget is necessary to catch up on “much-needed” maintenance work in city parks and aging facilities, as well as filling some staffing positions that have been left vacant for several years.

Mrs. Mitchell broke down her proposed FY20 draft budget for members of Dover City Council in Council Chambers at City Hall on Wednesday night, proposing an 8.6 percent property tax increase as part of a $43.6 million general fund budget for the coming fiscal year, which begins in July.

It will mark the first property tax increase for the city since a 19.9 percent property tax increase was handed down to the city’s residents in 2016.

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Tax breaks to lift impoverished Wilmington areas are being used to build luxury apartments

From Delaware Online

A new federal program promising lucrative tax breaks to help poor, disinvested neighborhoods is being used by developers to build luxury apartments and hotels in Wilmington’s business districts.

Census tracts designated by Gov. John Carney for the program include the southern portion of the city’s East Side and stretches of its Northeast, which have long struggled with crime, poverty and a crumbling housing stock.

They also include the booming Riverfront and resurgent downtown, which are already seeing a swell of development.

For now, it’s the latter areas that are attracting interest in the program.

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Democratic lawmakers push bill to create 2 new top income tax brackets

From Delaware State News

DOVER — A House panel released to the full chamber Wednesday legislation that would create two new top tax brackets.

Currently, all income above $60,000 is taxed at 6.6 percent. House Bill 15 would tax personal income of between $125,000 and $250,001 at 7.1 percent and above $250,000 at 7.85 percent.

As of 2018, 16 states had a top tax bracket that exceeded $60,000, according to the Tax Foundation.

The bill is the latest effort by Rep. John Kowalko, D-Newark, and other Democrats to force higher earners to pay more to state government.

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