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Bridgeville Commissioners Vote to Keep 20% Tax Increase


BRIDGEVILLE, Del. - Town commissioners voted 3-1 to retain a 20 percent tax increase at a meeting on Monday night.

Bridgeville resident Barbara Devine was at the meeting. She said Commissioners Jay Mervine, Patricia Correll, and Paul Kovack voted to keep the tax while Commissioner Sharon McDowell voted to rescind it. Commissioner Lawrence Tassone was absent due to a death in the family, according to Devine.

Devine started a petition when the town passed the tax increase on May 28. It went into effect July 1. The petition now has more than 400 signatures.

 It all started when people who live in the town said they didn't get answers about why their property taxes increased by 40 cents per $100 of assessed value, and their water fees by nearly a dollar per thousand gallons.

Barbara Devine said since the town implemented the tax increase, there has been standing room only at town hall meetings.

"The three commissioners who voted for passage of these ordinances were sort of dismissive of our concerns," Devine said.

 Town manager Jesse Savage said Commissioner Jay Mervine introduced an ordinance that includes a tax rate of $2.40 per $100 of assessed value and a flat water rate of $3.76.

"There's a lot of people in the town that are just living on the edge, you know, they can't afford a 20 percent increase," Devine said.

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