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Cape Gazette NEWS :RIDAY APRIL 6- MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2012 21 Sussex officials keep eye on General Assembly Several bills could have effect on county government By Ron MacArthur rezoning decision. "This bill House Bill 281 would change ronm@capegazette.corn would lift all those limits," God- the way Sussex County sets its win said. capitation tax. Under current Sussex County Council is Because of concerns ex- state law, the county must set a keeping its watchful eye on sev- pressed by officials from all three tax of no less than $3 and no eral pieces of legislation as the counties, Godwin Said, he has more than $10. The proposed 146th General Assembly heads been assured by primary spon- legislation would allow the coun- into its April break. At the April 3 sor Sen. Karen Peterson, D-Stan- ty to remove the $3 minimum meeting, Deputy County Admin- ton, the bill will be amended or and theoretically set the capita- istrator Hal Godwin updated rewritten, tion tax at zero. council on legislation that could Current status: Senate Judicia- Current status: House Housing affect the county, ry Committee. and Community Affairs Corn- Senate Bill 167 would remove House Bill 278 would allow mittee. all appeal deadlines from the school and property taxes to be Primary sponsors: Rep. Biff county's land-use process. "This collected by tax intercept, which Lee, R-Laurel, anc[ Sen. Joe has caused concern because it is the same way the state collects Booth, R-Georgetown. means the county would never child support. Millions of dollars House Bill 290 would clarify have finished business," Godwin in back taxes are owed to the said. county and schools. Currently, applicants or oppo- Current status: House Rev- nents have 60 days to appeal a enue and Finance Committee conditional-use decision and 30 Primary sponsor: Rep. Dan days to appeal a subdivision or Short,R-Seaford. Gambling the proposal. "I don't think that will be an issue," Schwartzkopf said. Continued from page 20 Likewise, sports betting will not likely face much opposition, Cook said the act would pro- the representative said. duce no new revenue in its first Online gambling will face op- year because it would be in effect position unless the governor's for only half of a fiscal year. administration can ensure chil- Cook said from Tuesday, Jay 1, dren would not have access to it, 2013, to Sunday June 30, 2013, rev- Schwartzkopf said. "I have a lot enue from the additional gaming of concerns about that part of the would break even. bill," he said. A video lottery fee would be If he had to vote on the pro- eliminated and table game fees posal immediately, Schwartzkopf would be cut. Delaware casinos "said he would oppose the legisla- would save nearly $8 million tion. "I don't know enough about each year in fees, which they it," he said. Most importantly, he would be required to spend on said, he does not know how to marketing, debt reduction or ensure children will not use on- capital expenditures. The state line gambling. would make up for the loss in "Obviously, that's a high priori- revenue from Keno, a sports lot- ty for us," Cook said. He said tery and online games, software is available to block But once the act is instituted children from using the gaming for a full fiscal year - Monday, Ju- sites. ly 1, 2013 to Monday, June 30, 2014 Cook said he is evaluating se- --it could mean more than $6 curity systems that .use personal million in additional revenue for questions to verify the user's age the state, before allowing the user to enter "We are partners with the raci- the gaming site. Cook said he nos," Cook said. He said online plans to evaluate the success of gaming would be integrated into each system before deciding the current business structure of which system to implement. Delaware casinos, and online ' nytime you do things that use users would receive incentives to technology, it concerns some visit the casino sites, people," he said. According to Brian Selander, Sussex County has a moratori- spokesman for Gov. Jack Markell, um on gambling, and there are the governor is endorsing the no casinos in the county. There proposal, are three existing venues in House Majority Leader Pete Delaware where gambling is per- Schwartzkopf, who proposed a mitted - Harrington Raceway previous gambling expansion bill and Dover Downs in Kent Coun- designed to bring a casino to Sus- ty and Delaware Park in New sex, said he did not know about Castle County. the proposal until it was intro- The U.S. Department of Justice duce& decided in December 2011 that Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth some forms of online gambling Beach, said if the legislation were are legal, overturning a position split into multiple bills, some the court had held since 1961. could pass easily, while others Cook said the proposal will need more clarification. "If likelybe introduced as abillafter they're smart, they'll break it into legislators returnfrom spring pieces so they don't jeopardize break Tuesday, April 24. Some the whole bill," he said.legislators have shown interest in Keno, a lottery-type game at- the proposal, Co'ok said, but he ready legal in Maryland, would does not yet know who will be become legal in Delaware under the bill's primary sponsor. that county sheriffs and their Simpson, R-Milford. deputies do not have arrest au- House Bill 274 would amend thority, Title 9 to require dog owners to Current status: Tabled inobtain a dog license within 30 House Administration Commit- days of having a dog vaccinated tee. for rabies. Godwin said the bill Primary sponsors: Rep. Dan Continued on page 23 Short, R-Seaford, and Sen. Gary Donald J. Foraker, Jr., CPA Certified Public Accountant and Business Advisor 1040 Deadline is April 17th. Need an Extension? We are accepting new Clients. 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