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1 _1 "O 6 FRIDAY, MARCH 15 ~ MONPAY, MARCH 18, 2013 Cape Gazette Letters Dewey headed for another court challenge When Dewey Beach incor- porated, property owners, residents and businesses specifi- cally did not want any additional taxes levied. It was thought that enough revenue could be raised through building permits, admin- istrative fees, transfer taxes, etc. to run the town infrastructure. rve spotted a ' ' Louisana Waterthrush I've spotted and an a Kentucky Warbler! American Redstarfi Except during the great recession of the last few years, that logic e|aware prevailed. Because all surplus funds were set aside by previ- ous commissioners, and with a watchful-eye on: spending by town managers, Dewey has been able to more than fmancially sur- rve spotted a gray-chested, fixed-wing pusher prop Drone! It's an Smile and invasive Say 'cheese.'" species. vive when other towns went into .............................................................. : debt. Unfortunately, even during Editorial lean times there are mount- ing expenses. Some are normal salaries, etc., while others were brought on by the choices of the town commissioners. During the worst recession in memory, the Dewey commis- sioners still saw fit to borrow almost $1 million for the Bayard Avenue repair project. The project was certainly necessary, but borrowing almost $1 million for the solution was, and still is, debatable. The simple fact is that the commissioners made that choice knowing full well that the town budget was already severely strained. Now, the town complains that it needs addi- tional taxes to have a sustainable and predictable revenue stream and to replenish the surplus. To do that they want to impose a tax on just one group, the business community. At various times, the budget and fmance committee has called their proposal abusiness license fee, a tax, a license fee based on gross receipts and a gross re- ceipts tax based on a percentage of gross revenue. Also at various times, some committee members' logic was that the town needed the increased revenue to balance the budget. What they didn't always realize was that state law does not allow any town to simply raise license fees to cover budget shortfalls, no matter how bad that money is needed. Some members and commissioners have inferred that the present accommodations tax is now paid by the property owners who rent their houses. Using this logic, they believe the business community should "pay their fair share" and make up the balance. In reality, they know the present accommodations tax was created to tax and raise funds from the tourists who come into town and rent property, and not to raise money from the homeowners. The real estatecompanies and property owners are supposed to collect the tax in addition to the normal rental charges, just as the Scooters, bikers, walkers, hikers .- make way elaware's Cape Region continues to evolve toward a way of life where transportation represents major component of the destina- tion. Transportation is no longer just a means toward an end. For the most part, unless you're a rollerblader struck by a hit-and-run driver, transportation is an enjoyable part of the coastal experience. People aren't just driving to Dewey Beach for a drink and a meal and to spend time with friends. They're combining responsibility with pleasure by hopping aboard the Jolly Trolley, contracting a limo, or using the water taxi to add to the experience. They're walking and bicycling and scootering to the beach and enjoying the sights, sounds and smells -cara- mel corn mixed with salt air - that go along with being alive and active outdoors, They're strolling the sidewalks of our towns and along the Route 1 corridor for entertainment and shopping. They're bicycling and hiking between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach on the Junction and Breakwater Trail for breakfast and lunch. This is all good. There's a limit to how many more cars our area can accommodate, but we have lots more room for walkers, bicy- clists, rollerbladers, bikers and scooter riders. Improving ways to travel through our region - making transportation an increasingly impor- tant attraction - will create positive economic and environmental impact. That's why it's so important that we focus on making all these transportation options safe and enjoyable. That's why the discussions in Rehoboth Beach about how to find solutions to effectively provide affordable and convenient parking for scooters are so important. And that's why it's so important to think creatively about defining safe bicycle lanes along Coastal Highway - such as painting a proverbial yellow brick road connecting its way through the various parking lots in front of and behind stores - to provide safer routes for cyclists. Let's also experiment with a few open-air buses on Route 1 to further encour- age ridership in the warmer months. This is all about improving access, defend- ing the natural world we love, and adding more sizzle to our magnificent resort region. We should embrace it all with open arms. Cape Gazette editorials are considered and written by members of the Cape Gazette editorial board which includes Dennis Forney, publisher; Trish Vernon, - editor; Dave Frederick, sports editor; Laura Ritter, news editor; and Jen Ellingsworth, arts and entertainment editor. Weather Picture }} WRITENOW A FEW DAFFODILS, battered by rain starting to appear in the Cape Region. hotels do with the state accom- RON MACARTHUR PHOTO and roller-coaster temperatures, are modations tax. }} For ocal weather, nduding highs and lows see p'age 115 Continued on page 7 . l " " " Letters must be signed and include a telephone number for verification, Please keep letters to 650_words or fewer, We reserve tfi; right to edit for content and length, Write to Cape Gazette, PO Box 213. Lewes. DE 19958; fax 645-1664; or emait news-, Web Poll }} Most responders want more light in evening When would you rather have more light? Morning hours 11.3% Evening hours 76.7% All the same to me 12% The total of votes counted was 266. To participate in the current web poll, visit CapeGazette.corn. Cape Gazette Volume 19 No. 80 Publisher, Dennis Forney, Ext. 303 Editor, Trish Vernon, Ext. 315 Office Manager, Kathy Emery, Ext. 305 Sports Editor, Dave Frederick, Ext. 304 News Editor, Laura Ritter, Ext. 320 A&E Editor, Jen Ellingsworth, Ext. 319 Copy Editor, Bernadette Heam, Ext. 316 NEWS Henry Evans, Ext. 336 Ron MacArthur, Ext. 318 Ryan Mavity, Ext. 337 Kara Nuzback, Ext. 317 Rachel Swick Mavity, Ext. 321 . Nick Roth, Ext. 335 Melissa Steele, Ext. 338 . Molly MacMillan SPORTS WRITERS Tim Bamforth Frederick Schranck CONTRIBUTORS Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Chris Antonio Eric Burnley Denise Clemnns John McDonald Bob Yesbek Don Flood Chris Wildt Rob Rector WEBMASTER Catherine M. 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