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Let's hear what Dewey businesses propose

By Rich Miller | Aug 16, 2013

The following letter was sent to the Dewey Beach commissioners with a copy submitted to the Cape Gazette for publication.

My position hasn’t changed. I see no urgency for a vote for a gross receipts tax referendum now. What’s the urgency?

I’ve read Joy Howell's appeal to the commissioners to reconsider going forward for a referendum vote on the gross receipts tax. In her comments she makes no mention of the current commitment by the commissioners to listen to what the town’s businesses have pledged to do; to make a proposal that commits the town’s businesses to a fair contribution toward the town’s expenses.

I think the town now has opened the door, thrown down the gauntlet to the town’s businesses to now come forth with their plan to begin to contribute to the town’s expenses in a fair manner. Let’s wait and see what their proposal is - then if it doesn’t meet what the commissioners believe is fair - then they can go forward with the gross receipts tax referendum vote.

A favorable vote on the gross receipts tax at this time would clearly place the town in a position to go forward with the gross receipts tax - maybe that should be avoided for now. Surely it would not bring the town and the business community into a “working together” harmonious relationship. It would drive these two groups even further apart, and is that what we want? And it would more than likely result in more legal fees and another trip to the courthouse; and the outcome could go against the town, then where would we be?

Rich Miller
budget and finance committee member, Dewey Beach

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