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Bridgeville Residents Seek Answers About 20 Percent Tax Increase

 BRIDGEVILLE, Del.- Town Commissioners recently  increased taxes by 20 percent, and people living in the area are having a hard time getting answers about why the tax hike is necessary.

WBOC made several attempts to get an explanation from Town Manager Jesse Savage, who was unavailable for comment. However, Savage and his colleagues will meet with residents inside the Bridgeville Fire Station at 7 p.m.

A Town Hall employee confirmed today that commissioners approved the increase May 28,2014. The tax hike went into effect July 1, 2014.

Robert Cannon owns property in Bridgeville. He said he is on fixed-income and paying more taxes would be a struggle.

 "If they need it, I guess [it’s okay],” Cannon said. “What do I do, go to social security and say, ‘well the town of Bridgeville has raised their taxes 20 percent, so I need 20 percent more,’ I don't think that's going to work," he said.

Town officials said an increase in water fees also took effect in July. The fee is based on the amount of water used. All of the rates have increased by more than a dollar.  
Barbara Devine has attended several meetings over the last few months. She recently started a petition that has more than 400 signatures. She hopes to get the increase removed.

“We want these two ordinances repealed,” she said. “The commissioners are not giving us a clear answer as to why they increased it; we have no deficit in the budget.”
 "It [tax hike] will be a detriment to the economic development of Bridgeville, which is sorely needed."

Corbin Bean lives in the town, and he wants to see the money get put to good use.

" If I'm just giving money and I don't know where it's going to go, I'm not too pleased about that. So, hopefully we get some answers tonight at the meeting about where the money is being spent," Bean said. 

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