Gross Receipts Tax Subject Of Public Hearing At Tonight's Dewey Beach Commissioners Meeting

Jul 19, 2013 -- 9:45am

Businesses in Dewey Beach may end up paying more in taxes to Town Hall.

A gross receipts tax will be the subject of a public hearing at tonight’s Board of Commissioners meeting. The Budget and Finance Committee is calling for a referendum that would let voters have their say on taxing businesses that make more than $200,000 a year in revenues. The proposal was first introduced in January. Budget and Finance Committee Chairman Courtney Riordan says if a gross receipts tax were implemented, 19 businesses would be subject to the tax, and it would generate about $160,000 in revenue for the town. Gas, alcohol, tobacco and motel rooms would be exempt from the tax

Attorneys for Highway One Partnership, which owns several popular bars in town, have already filed a lawsuit against the town over its business license fees, and have said they’ll challenge a gross receipts tax as unlawful.

Tonight’s meeting will begin at 6 o’clock at the Lifesaving Station on Dagsworthy Avenue and the beach.

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