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Sussex County Considers Lodging Tax for Venues Outside City Limits

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SUSSEX COUNTY, Del. - The Sussex County Council will consider a lodging tax for hotels, motels and tourists homes in unincorporated areas of the county. 

The tax could be up to 3 percent. According to the lodging tax ordinance memorandum from the county administrator, the county said this tax is a way to generate funds that would directly benefit the county. 

The lodging tax funding only can be spent on projects within Sussex County and only on the following: capital and operating costs of beach nourishment, waterway dredging, economic development, tourism programs, recreational activities, and water quality and flood control projects. 

Mike Fitzmaurice, general manager of Beach House Dewey, thinks hotels contribute enough in revenue. 

"Revenue needs to be brought up for the town, or for the state or the county, but I think throwing it all right to the hotels might be a bit overkill," said Fitzmaurice. 

County staff has identified more than 40 qualified venues within unincorporated areas in Sussex County that could be subject to the lodging tax. The estimated annual revenue for the lodging tax is approximately $1 .3 million. 

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