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Rehoboth Reassessment Brings Tax Shake-Up

REHOBOTH BEACH, De. - In 1968 Lyndon Johnson was president, the Beatles topped the charts, and the median family income was approximately $9,000. Since then, a lot has changed, but in Rehoboth Beach one thing has stayed the same. The assessed property values have been stagnant throughout. After 46 years that is coming to an end, as the city finishes up a 6-month reassessment process. 

The reassessment will create a shakeup for local taxpayers. Some will see their taxes rise, others will see them fall, and still others will see them stay at the same level. The contractors gave the city commissioners the final report on who pays what Tuesday. In the weeks that follow, the city will be sending out letters to the more than 3,000 homes, telling them their new tax amount. 

Currently the city brings in approximately $1.3 million from property taxes. Mayor Sam Cooper and the rest of the commissioners have vowed not to raise this amount of incoming revenue when the reassessment is finished. In order to bring in the same amount of revenue, the commissioners plan to drastically reduce the tax rate from approximately $1.75 per $100 dollars of assessed value, to just 8 or 9 cents. 

One resident who will likely see higher taxes is Ben Miller. His home, which is just a block or two away from the boardwalk, will likely see his assessed value skyrocket. Since his home will probably increase in value more than those in Western Rehoboth, Miller estimates he'll see higher taxes. 

"We've been very fortunate for a number of years," he said of the low taxes. "As long as the increase is reasonable, I think the majority of citizens in Rehoboth Beach will support it."

Jeanette Granke lives in Western Rehoboth with her mother. That property is likely to see tax decreases due to it's location. In general properties closer to the beach and boardwalk will face tax increases, while those farther away will see decreases. She said the reassessment will even out the playing field. 

"For some of the homes that go over a million dollars to only be paying 1968 rate," she said. "I'm just not sure that that is equitable."

Some though, such as Gus Svolis are dreading the change. He lives a block away from the beach, and owns a business located on the boardwalk itself. 

"It always it hurts when the taxes go up," he said. "I can't raise the prices."
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