Port of Wilmington terminal expansion

State, port operator to build new $635M port terminal in Edgemoor

Betsy PriceBusiness, Headlines

The state of Delaware and Enstructure, the current private operator of the Port of Wilmington, will build a $635 million new terminal in Edgemoor that will quadruple its capacity for container cargo ships and serve larger ships. The Edgemoor industrial site was purchased in 2017 by the taxpayer-owned Diamond State Port Corp., which subsequently secured the necessary permits to construct …

Caesar Rodney residents voted against tax hikes in a referendum Saturday, April 22.

Caesar Rodney referendum results, next steps for district

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

The Caesar Rodney School District plans to go to referendum again after their request to raise school taxes by 27.7%, or $211 annually for the average homeowner, failed Saturday. “We believe the results of our recent referendum are not a reflection of our community’s lack of support for the district, rather our need to better clarify needs and the impact …

TSD Review March 30

Town Square LIVE Weekly Review – Mar. 30, 2023

Sonja FreyTown Square Live, Weekly Review

Click on the image below to view the PDF This Week’s Top Headlines Include: Community Drip Café celebrates 10 years in Hockessin SALSTHON smashes fundraising goal: $243,791 to help children Veolia asks customers for help in finding lead service lines Business Delaware Lottery to allow debit cards, add drawing next year Women-led Compact Membrane honored for carbon capture work Food …

Bellefonte has proposed annexing two adjacent subdivisions.

Bellefonte wants to annex a bit, which upsets some folks

Ken MammarellaGovernment, Headlines

  NOTE: An earlier version of this story incorrectly attributed Brian Franklin’s quote to another person. Bellefonte, a town of 1,200 in northeastern New Castle County, wants to simplify its borders by annexing two neighboring subdivisions, but the idea is anything but simple. First, the concept – suggested by some homeowners in the areas that could be annexed – has …

Realty transfer tax

Delaware’s realty transfer tax to remain highest in nation

Charles MegginsonHeadlines, Government

Delaware will remain the state with the highest realty transfer tax in the nation after a bill to decrease the tax died in the General Assembly.  Introduced by Rep. Bill Bush, D-Dover, House Bill 358 would have cut the tax from 4% of a property’s sale price to 3% — the level it was at prior to 2017 when the …

New Castle County's latest tax bill

New NCCo bills show new way to figure out taxes

Ken MammarellaGovernment, Headlines

New Castle County’s just-mailed tax bills come with an explanatory letter titled “Local service function tax rates have changed.” People who live in unincorporated parts of the county – and that’s most residents – and businesses in these unincorporated areas “will not see any change to their property tax rate,” the letter says. But it’s a different story for residents …

Tax Credit

Committee votes to raise senior property tax credit

Charles MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

The committee responsible for drafting the state’s budget has voted to restore the senior property tax credit to its pre-2017 level. The credit was cut from $500 to $400 per year in 2017 in an effort to close a budget shortfall that year. Currently, the program allows homeowners ages 65 and over to claim a tax credit against regular school …

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Weed, taxes, police reform likely to dominate end of GA session

Charles MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

With the year-long campaign to pass paid family and medical leave in the rearview mirror, the General Assembly returns to work Tuesday with two months left to focus on the rest of its progressive agenda. When the House of Representatives and Senate reconvene, they will be kicking off a two-month stretch to the end of the 151st General Assembly on …

a small clock tower in front of a house

Republican bill would increase senior property tax credit to $750

Charles MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

A Republican-backed bill to nearly double the tax break for senior citizen homeowners is pending action in the Delaware House of Representatives.  House Bill 287, sponsored by Rep. Kevin Hensley, R-Odessa, would increase the Senior School Property Tax Credit to a maximum of $750 annually. Currently, homeowners ages 65 and older are eligible for a 50 percent tax credit against …

John Carney wearing a suit and tie

Gov’s budget proposal nears $5 billion; includes raises for all state employees

Charles MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

Gov. John Carney (D) on Thursday introduced his proposed FY 2023 operating budget/Stacey Hofmann Gov. John Carney’s $4.99 billion proposed budget for 2023 includes raises for all state employees, increased opportunity funding for schools in low-income areas, continued investment in clean water and economic development initiatives and funding for the construction of three new schools and two courthouses. What the …