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Smyrna Waives Manufactured and Mobile Home Permit Fees

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Manufactured homes in Smyrna's Bon Ayre community. Manufactured homes in Smyrna's Bon Ayre community.

SMYRNA, Del. -- Smyrna's town council on Monday voted to waive a permit fee for manufactured and mobile homes, a move welcomed by some people who live in communities where those residences are located.

Mayor Joanne Masten said town officials made the decision so the fee could be re-evaluated. The annual cost of the permit is $100, though she noted senior citizens can often have it reduced to $50.

Milton Stroup, vice president of the Bon Ayre Community Association, said the move was a positive one because many residents in manufactured homes are retired and on fixed incomes.

"Every little bit helps. We have people who live in this community who are just barely surviving on what they get from social security," he said.

Gary Stulier, manager of accounting and business services for Smyrna, said the town collected about $10,000 a year from the roughly 200 permit holders. He said by not collecting the permit fees, the town might save money on collection costs for unpaid permits.

Ron Oscant, a Bon Ayre resident, said he's happy to have a little extra money because the cost of living seems to keep going up elsewhere.

"They'll find something else to take it away from you. I mean, I get a raise in social security and then medicare says we want to take it from you and it's the same way here," he said.

Bill Kinnock with the Delaware Manufactured Homeowners Association said the fee made up a minor amount of money in the town's budget and should not come back.

"The manufactured homeowners, who are on a fixed income, they need that money," he said. "It's very important to their lifestyle."

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