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44 - CAPE G, Friday, Aug. 8 -Aug. 14, 2003 Minner addresses economic issues with SCAOR By Karl Chalabala Gov. Ruth Ann Minner spoke to a group of rental real estate agents, Aug. 6, at the Sussex County Association of Realtors- building on Route 9 in George- town. The governor addressed a variety of topics, including the re- cent budget difficulties during this economic downturn and how that relates to the rental business. Following her short speech, a question-and-answer period fol- lowed with Route 1 traffic, pedes- plenishment covered by the gov- ernor.  - "I know one of the things you are concerned with as rental Real- tors is a rental tax," Minner said. "I know I said I thought both indi- vidual properties and hotels should be taxed equally. Howev- of the most difficult things she had faced, considering the $300 million deficit. The budget for fiscal year 2003 cut $155 million in tffxes and raised an additional $145 million to meet the deficit. Minner said the difficulty of making cuts com- pounds with the demands of the federal government and necessary state programs. Homeland secu- rity and state hospitals are exam- ples illustrating federal and state expenditures needingconsistent trian overpasses and beach re "e*'funding, regardless of the econo- my. Minner said raising tax money came somewhat easier and large corporations stood as the primary target. "We raided corporate taxes $89 million," Minner said. "Ninety percent of corporations in er, according to my researc  it iwm'e are physically located would hurt us in the long  !.ere else. I always like to Some people inthe Gen'al As- ,say we import tax money. They sembly still believe there: mould are good corporate citizens and be a rental tax. we asked for $15,000 a piece. "I do not believe it would stabi- :Theycame back relieved saying lize the economy." Miuner said i theyught we were going to ask stabilizing the economy was one for $200,000." Booksandcoffee to host Business After Hours The Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerec's next Business After Hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 21, at Booksandcoffee in Dewey Beach. For more information, catl the chamber at 227-2233, Ext. 12. BPW Continued from page 43 alized I have to set rules for my- self. Itryto stick toa9to5 schedule. Sometimes you have to turn the computer off." Her position as Delaware's Young Careerist gave her the op- portunity to attend the national convention and compete for Na- tional Young Careerist. Although Brown did not earn the national ti- tie, she will have her hands full organizing the state and local competition next year. When Vining joined BPW as a young careerist she was an era- ployee, and now she owns Comer Cupboard Inn in Rehoboth. "BPW has educated me in a lot of ways. The programs brought me to where I am today," said Vining, who will be state presi- dent next year. "It gives the r- sources and the arena to develop as a professional." Vining and Brown hope to bring a whole new focus to DeVries BPW and are bouncing around programs ideas from acupuncture to motivation speakers. "The community should look out for new events this fall," said Vining. For more information about De- Vries BPW call 227-8553. BAY COUNTRY BUILDERS OPEN HOUSE Wolfe Point - Lot 90, Tarpon Dr. Saturday & Sunday * 1 lam-4pm All brick construction, 4 BK, 3 1/2 BA, hard- wood floors, tile & carpet, granite counter tops in kitchen & baths, 16'x31' maintenance free deck, and much more:.$60,000. www.baycountrybuildersde.com The questions posed to Minner covered a large spectrum of issues facing Sussex County. One at- tendee asked the governor about Route 1. "We've been doing traffic stud- ies," Minner said. "From 1-95 to below Dover, that took 20 years. The highway department is look- ing at Route 1 going down and around. We are looking east and west to:takoff the pressure. block down, cross the street and then walk back down the block. They just dart across the road. We want to keep fatalities down as low as possible though. I will talk to Nathan [Hayward, Delaware Department of Transportation secretary]. The everpresent Sussex topic of beach replenishment reared its head as well. "It will start in the spring of Route 1 is a unique situation in , 2004," Minner said. "We are hop- that buying property is very pro- ingT0:tart early enough that if we hibitive due to the price. Some people want to use Route 113 as a bypass. I don't think going west will solve anything. Delaware beaches are the target. I'm telling people we need to move now. "Also, Lewes and Rehoboth have very narrow roads going into town causing a bottleneck out on- to the highway. I wanted a cloverleaf over Five Points, but I was only lieutenant governor at the time and didn't get it. al- ways said going over is, easier than going around." Another real estate agent raised the option of pedestrian overpasses to avoid fa- talities and making outlet-store crossing easier. "The are expensive and it de- pends on the use," Minnersald. "We have them in NewCastle County, and they are never used. People do not want to walk a have another spring like last time we will beat it. In the spring,the beach normally rebuilds, but the wacky weather we had didn't work out. It depends on the weather, but we plan to begin in spring of 2004." Karl Chalabala Gov. Rutla Ann Minner told real estate agents, Aug. 6, she understands their concerns about rental taxes. She said she now thinks the tax would hurt the state's economy. If that's what you're looking me handle your Real Estate Needs! II, isn t that why you re at the beach? Meet: John Black / johnblack@pruga!!o, ......... 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